Tango: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Tango was born July 17, 1995

Tango was born at a breeder compound in Miami and is Chris’ younger sister, pulled away from her mother, and sold as a tiny infant to a Hollywood trainer for the movies, television, and commercial business. She has performed in several movies (including Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and worked in various commercials. In fact, it is assumed that her name came from her use in many of the Tang® commercials where her image is still used on some of their packagings.

Like most young apes, Tango grew until she was too large to be used in entertainment and commercials. Once she turned seven years old, her “shelf life” as a working orangutan had expired. So, Tango was out-placed from show business and was shipped to our Wauchula sanctuary in August 2004.

Tango has been introduced and housed at the sanctuary with several other orangutans. Today Tango spends most of her time with adult male, BamBam, and he is just WILD about her!

(Note: Even though Tango was used to sell Tang® and other products such as Budweiser®, none of these companies have ever contributed to her retirement or long-term care at the sanctuary.)

Tango likes to hide under large buckets and tubs used for enrichment and is also crazy about water play. She will often suds herself up if given bubbles in a bath, and she likes to color her face in front of a mirror with colored chalk. At Christmas, when all the apes receive gift-wrapped enrichment items and treats, Tango is quick to gather up as many presents as she can carry, then sit on the pile and carefully open each one.

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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