Ripley: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Ripley was born June 12, 1990

Ripley was once a Hollywood star (in movies Ace VenturaJunior, and television’s Jerry Seinfeld Show ), but he ended up living in a tiny unaccredited zoo in Nebraska after he grew too large to work with actors. He lived there with three other former entertainment and pet chimpanzees for less than two years until one day,  he and his three companions escaped through a door left open. Ripley and his friends were chased down by the staff, and three of them were shot and killed. When Ripley saw his younger brother Tyler and two other companions shot, he ran back into his cage, closed himself inside, and survived.

Within a day or two after his friends were killed, he was shipped out to a private breeder in Missouri where he lived for the next three years. But Ripley wasn’t the “breeder” they expected, so he was shipped back to California to another compound where he was to be used as a breeder. But after a year at that compound, the trainer agreed to send Ripley to live at the Center for Great Apes where many of his original companions and siblings from Hollywood had been retired.

Ripley arrived at the Center in December 2009 and has been reunited with his family and companions that he once lived with nearly a decade ago. Ripley has had the opportunity to meet his sisters again (Maggie & Bella), his brother Mowgli, and several old friends (Sam, Bubbles, Jessie, & Boma).

Even though Ripley never bred while he was in Nebraska, in Missouri, or most recently at the second California compound… he did mate with Jessie and sired one infant at his original Hollywood home years ago when he was only 12. His only offspring is little Kodua who arrived here in 2005 from California.  Ripley now lives in the group with his daughter, Kodua, as well as Oopsie, Boma, Jessie, Stryker,  and his best friend, Bubbles.

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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Noelle: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Noelle was born December 19, 1994

Noelle was born at a breeding facility in Miami. Her birth mother was hand-reared as a pet and was inexperienced in caring for infants, so Noelle was taken from her mother and was raised by a human family in Ft. Myers for part of her first year.

Noelle is very bright and quickly solves enrichment puzzles. She surprised the staff (when she was only 3 years old) by observing sign-language “words” shown to Grub … and later forming the signs at the appropriate times.

Noelle “talks” to the staff frequently during the day in her own version of sign language. She’ll ask for her favorite treats or tell us that a tasty ginger-flower is in bloom near her enclosure. She watches the mulberry tree nearby and signs “berry, berry” when the mulberries turn black and are ripe. She asks volunteers for a game of “chase” and comments to us when she sees or hears a bird nearby. Noelle also knows the sign for “hurt” and will show us her cuts and scratches as well as sign “hurt, hurt, hurt” when she sees a visitor on crutches, in a sling, or in a wheelchair.

Years ago, when Brooks (3 weeks older than Noelle) first joined Grub’s group, Noelle was very jealous of him. She poked and teased him, and threw toys at him… especially when Grub and Kenya were playing with him. But after a few months together, Noelle learned to play well with Brooks, even “flirting” with him occasionally.

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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Oopsie: Featured Chimpanzee Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Oopsie was born in 1974

n her 40s, Oopsie is now the esteemed matriarch of her group at the sanctuary. But her life began as a performer over 30 years ago when she was an understudy on the TV show “BJ and the Bear”. When her original owner retired, she was sent to a California sanctuary for a short time, but then ended up in another trainer compound where she was bred. Oopsie had at least six infants, but all were pulled away from her within weeks of their birth and either trained as performing chimpanzees or sold as pets. Oopsie’s first two offspring, Boma and Jessie, now live at the sanctuary reunited with their mother, all having arrived here together in March 2005.

Oopsie’s fourth infant is our original chimpanzee resident, Grub (born in 1991). Oopsie raised Grub at the Los Angeles animal compound for 12 weeks until he was pulled from her and sold as an infant to a tourist attraction in Miami

When Oopsie’s daughter Jessie arrived in Wauchula, she was carrying her newborn 6-week old infant born in California before she was moved to the Center. After Oopsie and Jessie were reintroduced to each other, Oopsie was very respectful and gentle with Jessie’s baby, her own grandson (Stryker).

Then, in 2006, another youngster (previously born to Jessie and raised by humans) was added to Oopsie’s group. Little Kodua was only three when she was slowly introduced to her birth mother Jessie, her baby brother (Stryker), her aunt Boma, her grandmother, Oopsie, and the two adult males in the group (Sam and Bubbles). To our surprise, Oopsie immediately adopted Kodua taking her into her nest each night and watching over her with the other chimpanzees.

Oopsie loves to paint and usually Kodua and Stryker paint on the canvas with her.  In 2010 Oopsie had a hysterectomy for an enlarged fibroid tumor which had caused her excessive bleeding and pain. But Oopsie had little Kodua spending the nights in the veterinary hospital with her and recovered very quickly with Kodua’s moral support.

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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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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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.

Popi: Featured Orangutan Artist of the Day! #apesthatpaint

Popi was born April 23, 1971

Popi was born at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta. She was sold by Yerkes to a famous circus trainer who worked her in Hollywood movies, commercials, and TV shows. When she was only seven or eight years old, Popi starred as the girlfriend of orangutan “Clyde” in the two movies Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, starring Clint Eastwood.  She also starred in Going Ape with Tony Danza and Danny DeVito.

During this time, this circus trainer also worked Popi and several other younger orangutans in a Las Vegas nightclub show for two decades. While working at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, a dancer in the show filmed the trainer backstage hitting his orangutans on the head and body minutes before each performance for seven days in a row. Public outcry ensued, and Popi was at the center of what became the first animal welfare lawsuit to raise critical questions about the treatment of great apes in entertainment.

At the end of the legal case against the trainer, he left the country but sent Popi and his other orangutans to a California entertainment compound. Popi was at this Hollywood training compound for several years until she was moved to the Great Ape Trust in Iowa in 2008. When the Great Ape Trust downsized their operation in 2011, the Center for Great Apes accepted Popi, along with female orangutan Allie, and they both arrived at our sanctuary in January of 2012.

(Note: Popi’s mother was captured as a baby in Borneo and shipped to Yerkes in Atlanta in 1963. On that same day, 19 other babies arrived at Yerkes from Borneo, including Mari’s mother and Radcliffe’s mother – all still infants in 1963.  We notice a strong likeness between Popi and Radcliffe in their close-set eyes, their very dark color, and their unusually long fingers and toes.  It is most likely that Popi and Radcliffe are closely related as cousins with parents related in the wild as half-siblings from a dominant male in the area where they were captured).

She loves to play in water and will dip a cup into a bucket and pour it into another cup, over and over. She likes cleaning and scrubbing with brushes and soapy water and she does NOT like to be dirty. Popi seems to enjoy painting and even plays with an iPad, but her very favorite thing is to be groomed and have her hair brushed by the caregivers.

Popi loves her caregivers and seems to prefer humans over orangutans. She understands an amazing amount of English and is very smart. Despite her past treatment, she is a sweet and gentle elder female.

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.