Maggie: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Maggie was born January 12, 1994

Maggie lives in a group of seven adolescent and young adult chimpanzees… all retired from the entertainment world when they were still juveniles. Like many others at the sanctuary, Maggie worked for several years and appeared in a number of commercials and television shows, including the Tonight Show, until she became too large and dangerous to work around the public.

She arrived at the sanctuary in March 2005 with her younger siblings, Mowgli and Bella and now lives with Bella, Ellie, Angel, Stryker and twins, Jonah & Jacob. Maggie spends most of her time in the company of the other females in the group – grooming, playing, and resting with them.  She loves to clean the other chimpanzees’ faces, wiping their eyes, picking their noses, even cleaning out their ears.

Maggie is shy around people and only gives her friendship when she truly trusts someone. But she does enjoy playing a game with her caregivers where she points at a spot and wants them to run to it. She could play that game all day. And, she also enjoys having her nails filed by the caregiver staff… sometimes taking the emery board and filing her own nails. Maggie is very tidy and likes to wash her hands with the hose.

Maggie is a hearty eater, devouring everything given to her, and yet is still tall and thin.   She eagerly participates in all enrichment activities and is an expert at “fishing” for treats.  Maggie loves to paint, and some of the most colorful paintings by the apes have been Maggie’s.

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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