Herbie was born at a breeding facility in Florida on March 26, 1986. He was pulled from his mother and sold to a human family when he was only a few months old. Herbie spent his youth performing at fairs and private parties throughout the Northwest. Herbie was forced to pose with children and adults for photographs. After Herbie became too big and strong he was dropped off at a mechanics garage in a small holding cage and left there for several years before the owner relocated him to Lebanon, Oregon. At his second home he was united with a female, Kimie and was housed in a small cage made of chicken wire, plywood and tattered blue tarps.
In 1998, the former “owners” were involved in a bankruptcy sale to which the two chimpanzees were listed as assets. The bankruptcy trustees worked tirelessly for several days to help relocate Herbie and Kimie, and contacted Chimps Inc. to rescue them both.
In September of 1998 both Herbie and Kimie made their way to Chimps Inc. Herbie initially had difficulty adjusting to his new home. Because of his upbringing as a pet, the other chimps frightened him and he struggled to understand their language and social rules. With a lot of positive reinforcement he eventually settled in and became comfortable with his fellow residents. However, like so many other human-reared chimps he still struggles with understanding chimpanzee culture. These days he proudly swaggers around the enclosures, wrestling with Jackson and grooming with CJ.. Despite his miraculous progress, Herbie continues to enjoy human-like enrichment and can often be seen flipping through a magazine, carrying around a basketball or wearing a favorite baseball cap.
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.
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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.
*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.