Kenya: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Kenya was born July 1, 1993

Born at a breeding facility in Miami, Kenya was pulled from her birth mother a few hours after she was born. After living as a pet in a human household in north Florida, she came to the Center when she was less than a year old and immediately began social interaction with other chimpanzees. She is very independent, exuberant and gleeful, and she usually interacts with both humans and chimpanzees in a positive way.

Kenya is close to Noelle (her half-sister from the same breeder compound) and plays with her frequently during the day. However, occasionally the two females get into a “spat” (usually over who gets more blankets at night), and hand-slap each other until one runs away.

Kenya has a special relationship with Toddy, in that Toddy is actually her birth mother. Even though they were separated right after she was born at the breeding facility, Kenya was introduced to Toddy at the sanctuary when she was about five years old.

She frequently has a “play face” and often invites the other chimpanzees to play with her. When she was a juvenile, Kenya liked to roll around and somersault in the hay, “frog-hop” backwards, and dig in the sand with a shovel. She also loved water-play and would often jump right into the hose-spray while the caregivers tried to wash down the outdoor habitats. When she would see someone with the hose, she’d get one of her “kiddie pools”, carry it over to her caregiver, and wait for it to be filled with water. Then she would lie down in the water, twirl around in it, and even stick her entire head under water to blow bubbles! Today, as a young adult, Kenya is a bit more reserved in her play, but still loves to splash in water.

Kenya is very skillful at manipulating objects and often fashions tools from sticks and toys. She has removed all movable parts from most of her toys and has been successful in dismantling all types of climbing structures, swinging devices, and sleeping hammocks.

Once when a 6-foot alligator made its way into the sanctuary creek and sat right underneath the overhead chutes crossing the creek, Kenya helpfully spit at the alligator while Grub, Toddy, and Noelle alarm-barked at it.

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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