Jessie: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Jessie was born June 6, 1988

Like her mother Oopsie before her, Jessie was taken away as an infant and raised by trainers for work in television shows and commercials. When Jessie was too big to be handled safely around actors, she was put into a breeding group at a California exotic animal compound where she produced three infants for the entertainment business. Her second infant (born in 2002) was a female named Kodua who was taken from Jessie and raised by humans. (Kodua now lives at the Center for Great Apes and has been reintroduced back to Jessie and her family).

Jessie’s third infant (a “surprise baby” who was unexpected) was born only weeks before the owner retired from the apes-in-entertainment business and sent his chimpanzees to Wauchula to live at the sanctuary. So, when Jessie arrived here, she had a 6-week-old male infant clinging to her body!

This was the first time Jessie had been allowed to raise her own infant, and there was some concern about what kind of a mother she would be since she was raised by humans. Jessie made a few mistakes in the beginning, but overall she’s been a very attentive mother to Bobby-Stryker. When he would play with the others in their group, she watched carefully and ran to him at the first little cry. Early in the morning when they were still both lying in her nest, Jessie would tickle Stryker and play with him. Stryker is now a large adolescent male and moves from habitat to habitat for play dates with different groups… including Jessie’s group.

Jessie is very friendly to everyone, and now lives peacefully in a group where she has been reunited with her mother Oopsie, her older sister Boma, her two offspring Kodua and Stryker, and two adult males Ripley and Bubbles.

She’s a bit of a fussy eater (although she loves her lunchtime onion and protein shakes), and an accomplished “tent-maker,” often constructing cardboard creations to make a splash guard when she wants to sit outside and observe the rain.

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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