Emma


Emma, Chimps Inc.’s youngest resident, was born on April 15, 2002.  She was raised as a pet and spent the first five years of her life at an exotic animal facility in  Texas.  In March 2007 the state  placed the facility into receivership, and Emma along with another young chimp  were rescued by Chimps Inc.

Though we do not have detailed records about Emma’s past, it is clear that she suffered trauma and neglect in her early life, an unfortunate and all too common phenomenon in pet and entertainment chimps.  Since she arrived, however, she has made remarkable progress, both socially and psychologically, with the help of her fellow chimps and dedicated caregivers.  Most significantly, Emma now engages in social grooming – the single most important activity in maintaining social harmony among chimpanzees.

Because of her human upbringing, Emma enjoys a great deal of human-like enrichment.  She loves cleaning and gardening, and will wash the windows and scrub the shelves if you give her a bucket and a sponge.  She is fascinated by nail polish and bubbles, and loves painting with the caregivers.  Emma spends her days wrestling with Jackson and CJ, and grooming with Thiele..  Perhaps the sweetest of all the chimps at the sanctuary, simply being around Emma is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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 Emma in our blog. Here are some of our favorite posts:

The Chimps Get Goofy                          – Cooking with Emma

Herbie and Emma                                 – Gardening Partner

Fun with Exercise Balls                        – Emma and the Broken Laptop

Fun with the Hose                                – Thiele and Emma Have a Girls’ Day


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.