Dorothy was born to her mother Olivia and her father Doug on the first day of spring in 1998 at The Coulston Foundation in New Mexico. When she was extremely young, The Coulston Foundation loaned her to another laboratory. After we took over The Coulston Foundation (who were forced to close after multiple welfare violations and a loss of funding), we were able to secure her return to normality.
After making the journey over to our sanctuary in Florida on her 13th birthday, Dorothy joined Seve’s family. Once here, Dorothy was able to, for the first time, walk on grass, sit under a tree, and wander the hills of her new island home with her friends Kira and Alora.
In mid-2012, Dorothy passed away following a brief but serious illness. She was a beautiful chimp with a kind heart who was taken from us far too soon, but we take comfort in knowing that she spent the last years of her life in comfort and happiness surrounded by her loved ones. We hope she is thoroughly enjoying herself now over the rainbow.
To help us give other chimps like Dorothy a better chance at life, please consider donating in Dorothy’s memory.
- Exploring nature
- Making art
- Her chimp family