Hello! My name is Lisa and I was born in Africa in the 1960s. Because I was born in the wild, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact birthdate. I arrived at my first laboratory in 1973. I was moved from one institution to another until I finally landed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in 1979. I was placed in the breeding program here and had ten babies while I lived at The Coulston Foundation. I gave birth to my last baby, Bambi, in February 1999.
I was rescued by Save The Chimps in 2002 and I got to stay with my baby Bambi. As the sanctuary staff began forming large groups, we became part of Rufus’s family. For the first time in decades, I had a huge open space where I could run and stretch my legs. One of my longest friendships is with another older lady named Yolanda. In the 1980s we were placed together after Yolanda had just suffered a miscarriage and the staff at The Coulston Foundation felt she needed companionship while she recovered from her loss. The Sanctuary provides a safe environment where we can spend our days on a beautiful island surrounded by family and friends. I might be small in size, but I have a big personality and carry myself like I am unstoppable. I am such a sassy, silly old lady who enjoys running about in the Florida sun and eating fresh veggies as big as me! I am really protective over my family and am always their side.
- Fresh Fruits