I was born November 17, 1987, in New Mexico to my parents Olivia and Doug. Before my second birthday, I was shipped off to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where I would reside indoors for 14 years. I had it tough at the CDC. I lived alone in a cage that provided just 25 square feet of floor space and five feet of height while enduring numerous invasive experiments. In 2003, my life changed dramatically when I was retired to Save the Chimps. Although I lived at the CDC, I belonged to The Coulston Foundation, a research lab in New Mexico and was considered “out on loan”.
Save the Chimps took over Coulston and gained custody of me. I moved back from Atlanta to New Mexico, where I would meet other chimpanzees before moving to the Sanctuary in Florida. Today, I live in Florida in a large chimpanzee family known as Freddy’s family. I enjoy roaming my 3-acre island and have grown into a confident and friendly chimpanzee.