Select one or more of the following chimpanzees.
Hope gave birth to Grace at Primarily Primates Feb. 18, 2007. For the first few months, Hope spent every moment protecting and caring for Grace and now at age 7, however, Grace is an independent and free-spirited chimp. She is also quite strong, often hanging high above the ground with one arm, dangling there precariously. She charges around her large gassy habitat moving quickly; usually targeting Jewel. Jewel responds to her playful romps — they grab each other and play bite. Grace’s favorite foods are apples, grapes and bananas.
Deeter was born on 28 May 1999 at Primarily Primates. Deeter’s mother lacked the skills of a wild-born chimpanzee, so for the next two years, Deeter was raised by the sanctuary’s care staff and gained a friend when six days before Deeter’s first birthday, a research laboratory released an infant chimpanzee named Jewel. Soon the sanctuary had a pair of rambunctious baby apes racing about the place, exploring every nook and cranny, until Deeter and Jewel were old enough to join the big apes. Today, Deeter is a respected adult in a group that includes Jewel, Hope, Grace, and Amy, along with Mallory and Stella, in a beautiful, newly constructed, all-natural habitat.
Hope was born on Jan. 5, 1997 in the gloomy confines of the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates, a New York University research laboratory that was shuttering its doors. She, along with other chimpanzees at the laboratory, faced being transferred to the Coulston Foundation, where they could have been subjected to invasive or toxic research...but Primarily Primates secured the funds that enabled us to rescue her. Hope, just 10 months old, and nine other chimpanzees arrived at the sanctuary on November 1997. Seventeen years later Hope enjoys spending time by herself, sitting at the top of a hammock and looking out over the trees at all the wildlife that wanders onto the grounds of Primarily Primates. Her favorite foods are romaine lettuce, apples, bananas, grapes and watermelon.
Siri was purchased by a private owner and then “donated” to the Sanford Zoo in Florida. She was later sent to the Buckshire Corporation and used for research and was released to PPI in April 1996. Siri likes to follow care staff around her habitat looking for hidden treats that may be in their pockets. Sometimes, care staff finds the most unusual objects in her nests, such as her favorite colored piece of paper she likes to carry with her. Siri enjoys anything with romaine lettuce and strawberries, but doesn’t care much for mushrooms.
Bubba came to Primarily Primates in May of 2005 after previously living most of his life at the Buckshire corporation. Although Bubba took time to adjust to living at the sanctuary, he’s now a thriving and friendly chimpanzee. In addition to being the most acrobatic chimpanzee at the sanctuary, he has expert spitting skills. He also absolutely adores shoes! When an enrichment activity involves shoes, his pant-hoots can be heard throughout the sanctuary. He loves bananas and peppermint.
It is estimated that April was captured in the wild around 1971 and was privately owned until 1984, when she was leased to the Buckshire corporation and used as a breeder for Hepatitis B research. At first, she was thin and shy natured, but after many months of loving care from our staff, she has become much more comfortable with human interaction. April is very friendly and thoroughly enjoys spitting on her female enrichment coordinator when she gets near! She loves most food with the exception of cactus fruit and her favorite enrichment activity is foraging.
Prior to her life at a testing facility, Wanda lived in a brothel which was located in Philadelphia. She arrived to the sanctuary in 1996 and has been enjoying life ever since. Wanda has taken full advantage of the male care staff at the sanctuary...she demands their attention and will clap or gesture until she receives it. She usually has mischief on her mind and is constantly aware of her surroundings. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her habitat mate, Beauregard and loves to mother stuffed animals.