Murray: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Murray was born September 7, 1992

Murray was born at the Arbuckle Wilderness drive-through animal park in Murray County, Oklahoma. As a tiny infant, he was pulled away from his mother and displayed in a crib in the gift shop of the park. One day, a visitor to the park claimed he scratched her, and she was afraid he might have rabies. Although this was not true (chimpanzees are no more carriers of rabies than humans are), at only 10 months old, Murray was nearly taken by authorities in Oklahoma to be destroyed to test for rabies. However, a couple who owned another chimpanzee in New York heard about baby Murray’s plight and immediately drove to Oklahoma to pick him up one night and take him back to their home to live with their other chimpanzee – Casey.

His former owners said that as an infant, Murray used to skateboard on the decks of their patio, play with the family dog, and climb trees every day. He loved to tease his older chimp companion Casey and was usually a full-of-fun fellow.   But when his owners realized that a growing male chimpanzee could not be adequately cared for in a human house, they asked the Center for Great Apes to accept them at the sanctuary. At age 17, Murray arrived in Wauchula along with 22-year-old Casey in October 2010.

Murray is still a very jovial chimpanzee and is friendly to all the chimpanzees as well as the caregivers. He was the first chimpanzee that little Katie ever met, and he’s been exceptionally sweet and gentle with her, still being very protective of her in the group.

Murray is a handsome and very large adult male now. He loves just about anything to eat (except cauliflower) and is not picky about food at all!  His favorite thing to do is to play chase with Casey or the caregivers, and he likes to tickle Casey to get her going in a game.

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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