Brooks: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the day! #ApesthatPaint

Brooks was born November 30, 1994

Yet another former Hollywood entertainment baby, Brooks was worked in movies, television, and commercials in his early years. When he became too large for his trainers to handle, he was retired at age six—still a juvenile.

Brooks arrived at the Center for Great Apes having had very little experience interacting with other chimpanzees. Nervous around the sanctuary chimpanzees, he often screamed in fear when he was being introduced to them. In order to fit in, he had to learn appropriate chimpanzee behaviors and responses. First, we introduced him to the social group that consisted of Grub, Kenya, Noelle, and Toddy. He lived with them for a few years until he started to challenge Grub and pick fights with him.

At that point, we added Brooks to the foursome of Mickey, Angel, Daisy, Mowgli, and Natsu. He developed a close friendship with Angel but never connected with Mickey. Indeed, he spent much of each day avoiding the older male. Then, after Grub died in 2011, there was a void in Grub’s group, giving Brooks the opportunity to move back in with his original mates at the Center.

Today, Brooks has finally settled in nicely, bonding well with, Kenya, Noelle, and the younger male, Mowgli.

When Brooks is “displaying”—pounding and stomping around—one wouldn’t guess that underneath the tough-guy image is a really sweet and gentle chimpanzee.   Now that he has settled into the alpha role in his group, Brooks is learning daily how to be a fair leader.

Frames USA is hosting a Charity art show featuring the artwork of the apes at the Center for Great Apes.  Due to the success of the opening night, and many requests, we are extending the time that we will be exhibiting the artwork for one more month.  Visit our gallery located at 6822 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155.  We have also made the artwork available online.  Call us for more information:  305-666-3355.  Visit our online store.

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Come to the show and check out the artwork!  Proceeds of the sale of the art pieces go directly to the Center for Great Apes.


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