I spent my early years in a biomedical research laboratory before being sent to the Wildlife Waystation, a refuge in California. In 2004, I became an adopted aunt to Magic, a baby born in my group as the result of a failed vasectomy. It has been a joy to help raise Magic, giving her rides on my back and cuddling her.
In 2019, the Wildlife Waystation closed, causing nearly 480 animals to need to be re-homed, including 42 chimpanzees. I was among the final seven to be re-homed and my family and I made the cross-country trip to Florida in a FedEx airplane, thanks to the FedEx Cares program. From Orlando, Pero Family Farms generously drove us to the sanctuary in a climate-controlled semi-truck. It took a lot of devoted people to make our move to Florida possible and now I look forward to calling this my forever home.
After quarantine, a process that all new chimpanzees at Save the Chimps go through, my family and I are slowly being introduced into one of the larger family groups here at the sanctuary. I have been fully integrated into the group and enjoy spending time with my family on our 3-acre island home.
- Sleeping outside