Kiki: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Kiki was born June 20th, 1986

Kiki was sold as an exotic pet and spent the first 20 years of her life in a garage in New Jersey. When she first arrived at the Center for Great Apes in the summer of 2006, she was extremely obese, having lived most of her life in a tiny cage that allowed her no freedom of movement or exercise. As a pet in a private home (along with her half-brother Linus and chimpanzee Mickey) she grew too large to be handled, so was moved to the basement garage for well over a decade. Besides having little opportunity for exercise, she had a varied diet that included many sweets and junk food. She could hardly get around and could only waddle.

Kiki has now lost over 100 pounds. This is thanks in part to Jam, her adolescent male orangutan companion who keeps her moving and very active. She also enjoys a much-improved diet with proper nutrition, including lots of leafy greens and her favorite, plumbago flowers and leaves.

Kiki loves to build nests in her enclosure and aerial chutes using blankets, boxes, tubs and whatever other enrichment items she receives for the day.  She also enjoys music but hates loud noises and has been observed putting her fingers in her ears in noisy situations.

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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