When Save the Chimps founder Dr. Carole Noon met me back in 2002, she wasn’t sure I would be able to recover from my time in the laboratory. I rocked back and forth and bit my arm repeatedly. In fact, I had multiple self-inflicted wounds all over my body that I would continually pick at. Anytime Dr. Noon would introduce me to a new chimpanzee, I would scream non-stop for hours. It took years of patience, of slowly winning back my trust, and years of good, quality care, but now, all these years later, life couldn’t be more different for me.
I am a friendly and sociable chimpanzee who lives in Bobby’s family. In the past, when new chimps were introduced to our group, I was one of the first chimps to greet and befriend new arrivals. I enjoy spending time grooming with members of my social group, as well. I can often be found sunning myself outside on the patio or in a comfortable nest of blankets inside the building. I greatly enjoy participating in the operant conditioning program. This allows me to actively participate in my own healthcare by presenting body parts for exams or performing weight loss exercises in exchange for sips of sugar-free juice. I’m helpful to my caregivers and will often retrieve blankets or other objects that may be in the way of shift doors.
- Dried Fruit
- Peanut Butter