Striker: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Stryker was born January 19, 2005

The youngest ape at the Center, Bobby-Stryker also has the unique distinction of being the only ape at the sanctuary actually raised by his own chimpanzee mother. In March 2005, Stryker arrived at the sanctuary riding on the belly of his mother Jessie when he was only 6 weeks old. He was an unexpected addition because the trainer who sent Jessie to us did not know she was pregnant until the baby was born! Had little Stryker remained in the entertainment world, he would have undoubtedly been removed from Jessie to be hand raised for training purposes – a practice which can be stressful and damaging to both mother and infant. But, now living at the Center, Stryker can live with his mother and family group as well as other chimp friends at the Center for the rest of his life.

Sanctuaries ethically don’t promote or allow reproduction due to the financial responsibility for the life of an infant (could be 50 to 60 years for chimpanzees). For this reason, all the males at the Center have been vasectomized or the females are on birth control. So, it is a rare and special gift for both chimpanzees and staff to observe this infant being raised naturally by his own family. And, it greatly enriches the adults in his group.

Because Stryker has learned appropriate chimpanzee manners and behaviors, he not only can interact successfully with his family group but has also learned to play with the young adult chimpanzees in Jonah & Jacob’s group.  He is one of the chimps here who can easily “fission-fusion” among groups of chimpanzees.  When the adult males “display” and march around pushing tubs and throwing things with great bravado and power, Stryker pushes toys around right behind them, trying to make noise and looking like an alpha male.

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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Natsu: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

 

Natsu was born December 29, 1998

Natsu arrived in Wauchula in December 2005 after a few years of international travel when she worked at an attraction in Kyoto, Japan. Born in the United States, she was returned to the U.S. when she became too large and dangerous to be handled.

Natsu had very little experience interacting with other chimpanzees before she arrived at the Center, so was first introduced to former entertainment juveniles, Mowgli and Kodua. She immediately loved baby Kodua (age 3), but would often scream every time Mowgli teased her or poked her with play invitations. However, within weeks, Natsu learned to not take Mowgli so seriously, and they became good friends.

Since her arrival at the sanctuary, she also has lived with Angel, Brooks, Daisy, Roger, Mickey… and most recently, the older male Chipper. She and Chipper are very compatible and spend hours each day grooming, playing chase, or just resting together.

Natsu is very energetic and athletic. She likes to carry around old shoes or boots on her back and loves to wrap herself up in butcher paper or burlap bags.  During her overseas work, Natsu acquired a taste for Japanese-style rice and other Japanese foods like seaweed.

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.

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.

Mowgli: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Mowgli was born July 22, 1999

At age five, Mowgli still had an active working-life when his California owner decided to get out of the apes-in-entertainment business and retire all his apes to the Center’s sanctuary in Florida. Mowgli had worked in the first CareerBuilders TV ads, was a “regular” on the Dennis Miller Show, and had just finished the movie “Shaggy Dog” with Tim Allen before he arrived in Wauchula with eleven other chimpanzees in March 2005.

Mowgli arrived in the company of then, 2-year-old infant Kodua, and the two of them were inseparable. But, babies don’t raise babies so when Kodua was introduced back to her original family (Oopsie’s group), Mowgli was introduced to several older youngsters – Natsu, Brooks, and Angel.

Mowgli is very happy and friendly chimpanzee and gets along well with many of the other chimpanzees he has met here. He has lived with Kodua, Natsu, Angel, Daisy, Roger, Mickey, and Grub. Currently, he is living in Brook’s group with Brooks, Noelle, and Kenya.  For years, Mowgli’s best friend was Grub until Grub passed away in 2011, but Mowgli is now forming a bond with Brooks.  He is also very close to Kenya and they are usually found playing together or grooming in the chutes.

Mowgli enjoys swinging in his hammock while looking at photographs in magazines and he loves toys and balls. But his favorite play activity is anything involving water! He laughs while running through the sprinklers, squirting the hose on his feet, or splashing in a tub of sudsy water.

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.

Mickey: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

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Mickey was born June 13, 1986

Adult male chimpanzee Mickey arrived at the Center for Great Apes in May 2006 after living his first twenty years in a tiny garage cage in New Jersey where he was kept as a pet. He was huge and overweight when he first arrived, having had little or no exercise for many years.

For years, Mickey had only seen his owner’s human family, and in the first months at the sanctuary was quite afraid of any strangers or groups of people. Even though he had lived next to another chimpanzee in a different cage in the garage, he never really had any one-on-one interactions with chimpanzees, so was even more afraid of the other chimps here. Mickey had not been in an open area where he could climb and run, so his new habitat at the sanctuary was also intimidating. It took him nearly a year before he was brave enough to climb up to the top, and he still spends most of the time on the ground. However, he quickly learned to navigate the chute system and loves to run through the overhead tunnels watching everyone from high above.

Since his arrival at the sanctuary, Mickey continues to make progress. After the first year of helping him get acclimated to his new surroundings, he was gradually introduced to other chimpanzees including – Brooks, Angel, Natsu, Daisy, Roger, and Mowgli. For a long time, Mickey preferred to be alone removing himself from his group frequently throughout the day. (This is one of the critical issues about keeping chimpanzees as pets as they often do not learn the essential behaviors, rules, etiquette, and protocols of interacting with their own species.)

Today Mickey lives with Murray, Casey, Daisy, and Katie. He is beginning to behave more like a normal adult male chimpanzee, “displaying” male dominance now for groups of visitors and becoming a bit more gregarious. He is a very handsome chimpanzee with some quirky habits.

He is an expert at making extremely realistic duck noises and enjoys laying flat on the floor of his outdoor enclosure watching his caregivers clean his night-house, “quacking” all the while.  Mickey has a hearty appetite and can eat an entire banana, skin and all, in one bite. He hates cauliflower!

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.

Radcliffe: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

 

Radcliffe was born August 18, 1978

Born at the Toledo Zoo, Radcliffe is a hybrid cross between Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. Because he wasn’t either pure Bornean or pure Sumatran, the zoo sold him in the early 1980’s to a circus trainer. Radcliffe was worked in television shows and various small traveling circuses for a number of years until he became too large and too strong to handle. After an aggressive confrontation with Radcliffe, the trainer sold him to a small zoo/amusement park in New York. Later, that facility sent him to the small roadside attraction in Florida where he lived for ten years in a tiny chain link cage.

When the Florida attraction was closed down, we brought Radcliffe (along with the chimpanzee Roger) to the sanctuary to live out the rest of his life in dignity. Radcliffe now enjoys climbing the trees in his 40-foot tall habitat and loves to roam through the woods in his aerial chutes to visit other orangutans at the sanctuary.

Radcliffe makes his nests out of enrichment boxes, tubs, and various toys. Most nights he likes to sleep under “tents” he creates with his blankets by weaving the corners into places above him. He particularly likes rags and bubbles in his water tubs so he can “wash” his toys, shelves, and walls of the night-house. On hot days, Radcliffe likes to push objects into his drinking fountain so he has a continuous stream of water to play in!.

Even though Radcliffe is an adult male orangutan, his facial cheekpads never developed because he was castrated as a juvenile in the circus. Today he looks like an extremely large juvenile orangutan, even though he is the oldest male orangutan at the sanctuary.  Radcliffe is the tallest of all our orangutans, with hands that are 14 inches long

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.

Marco: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Marco was born in Africa in 1959 or 1960

Marco is the oldest great ape at the sanctuary and arrived here in November 2005 after living alone for 30 years in a tiny backyard cage in South Carolina.

He was born in the wilds of Africa, and when his mother was shot and killed by poachers, Marco was taken to be sold and shipped to North America. He ended up with a circus family and performed in a small traveling circus in Oklahoma. When the circus trainers bought him, he had rickets (a nutritional deficiency of vitamin D).  The Rickets possibly affected his development and overall size because Marco is the smallest adult male chimpanzee most people have seen.

At 55 years old, Marco weighs only about 80 pounds (a full-grown, adult male weighs 145 to 180 pounds in captivity). People sometimes think he looks like a miniature gorilla because Marco has a very square-shaped hip and rear end stance with a lot of silver hair on his back.

When his circus owners retired, they sold the other chimpanzees in their act but kept Marco as a pet since he was the youngest and smallest. So, for the next 30 years, he lived alone at their home never seeing another chimpanzee. When he arrived at the Center for Great Apes, he was very nervous around the other chimps, but eventually was successfully introduced to Butch, another wild-caught older ex-circus chimpanzee. Butch and Marco are now the best of friends and don’t like to be parted from each other.

He loves frozen juice balls (hard, plastic “Boomer” balls with one hole drilled inside so the juice can be poured inside and frozen).  Marco loves to play chase and will initiate a game each time someone walks by his habitat.

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.