Allie was born at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  When she was 18-months-old, she and her mother were transferred to the Denver Zoo.  Sadly, when Allie was only 6-years-old, her mother died unexpectedly.  Within three months of her mother’s passing, Allie became Ill with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), so Allie has no use of her legs or feet.  She is not paralyzed and can still feel pain, but has a loss of strength and cannot walk.  She moves around her habitat and night house using fire hose “vines” to swing from place to place.  With physical therapy exercises and stretches, her caregivers are hoping to improve her mobility.

Allie is one determined female who knows what she wants!  She absolutely fell in love with the big cheekpadder male Lousie, and the two have been inseparable since they were introduced.  He seems to be aware of her disability and will even place his hand on her back to steady her as she moves from the nesting platforms in the habitat to a fire hose “vine”.

Allie enjoys watching  Sesame Street videos and adores playing with water and bubble baths.  She is very social and enjoys meeting other orangutans at the sanctuary, especially the big cheepadder males.

To learn more about the Center for Great Apes, or to buy and see the artwork made by the apes at the sanctuary come to the opening night of the exhibit on Friday, July 21, 2017, starting at 6 PM.  Food and drinks will be provided by Carolina Ale House.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 18th, 2017.

Click Bellow to RSVP

Apes that Paint postard front

Apes that Paint postard front


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