I was born December 14, 1986, to my mother Sally and father Tarzan at The Coulston Foundation, a now-defunct research lab in Alamogordo, NM. I was taken from my mother at birth and raised by humans in the laboratory nursery. When I was just a baby of 18 months old, the laboratory entered me into a study in which my liver was repeatedly biopsied. I was used in at least two other lengthy and invasive research protocols before I was finally rescued in 2002 by Save the Chimps.
Today I am a member of Tapioca’s family, where I live with over 20 other chimpanzees. My mother, Sally is also a member of Tapioca’s family, but we do not appear to realize we are mother and son. My family and I live on a large island with grass, hills, trees, and climbing platforms. The day I was released to my island home was the first day I had ever set foot onto grass, having only ever known a world full of concrete and steel. I am a handsome, outgoing chimpanzee with lots of energy!
- Playing Chase
- My caregivers
- Dried Fruit
The Final Release of the Great Chimpanzee Migration