Calamity Jane


CJ (Calamity Jane) was born on May 2, 1999 at a breeding facility in Texas.  She was purchased for $60,000 and kept as a pet in Las Vegas with another chimp named Buddy.  Dressed up in clothing and raised as human children, the two young chimps were a regular attraction at a local swap meet where visitors paid to interact and have their photos taken with them.

CJ and Buddy made national headlines in August 2012 when they escaped their backyard enclosure in Las Vegas.  CJ was fortunately returned to her enclosure unharmed; however, Buddy was not so lucky and was shot and killed by local authorities.  After CJ escaped again just a few weeks later, it was apparent that an immediate placement at a sanctuary was necessary.

CJ arrived at Chimps Inc. on August 17, 2012.  She made herself at home immediately, becoming fast friends with Maggie, Thiele and Emma and flirting with Jackson, Topo and Herbie.  These days we often spot her lounging in one of the aerial tunnels under the canopy of massive trees, grooming one of her family members and enjoying life as a chimpanzee.

Although chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, they should never be raised as humans, kept as pets, or used for public entertainment or biomedical research.  While cute and cuddly when they are small, they quickly grow up to be unpredictable and dangerous.  Chimpanzees are wild animals and deserve to be treated as such.  Support legislation to stop the exotic pet trade and entertainment industry!  Chimpanzees share 98.76% of our DNA and deserve 100% of our commitment and respect.

You can read more about CJ in our blog. Here are some of our favorite posts:

Whistling for CJ                               – CJ Wants a Pair of Gloves

Tug O’ War                                      – CJ’s 15th Birthday

CJ’s High Heel                                 – A Blossoming Friendship

Fun with Jackson and Tic Tac Toe with CJ


Most of the residents at Chimps Inc. arrived here after years of living in substandard conditions in the entertainment industry or private sector.  Each of their stories are different and many are heartbreaking, but there is a common thread in every case: an emotional being that deserves a second chance at life in a permanent, loving sanctuary.  By symbolically adopting a resident, you are helping to provide spacious indoor and outdoor enclosures, connections to “family” groups, stimulating enrichment, and fresh, natural foods in a peaceful environment.

For a donation of $10/month, you will receive a beautiful adoption package complete with an informative biography, personalized adoption certificate, glossy photograph, an animal fact sheet, and a subscription to our quarterly newsletter. You will also receive biannual updates on your adoptee.


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 *PLEASE NOTE: Adoptions are symbolic only. The animal does not actually go home with you. Donations made via animal adoption are used for the care, feeding and maintenance of the animals.

Chimps Inc. cares for seven chimpanzees and one Canadian lynx.