Jackson was born on January 18, 2001 at a breeding facility in Missouri. His life, like thousands of exotic animals, was intended to feed a multi-billion dollar pet industry. Jackson was pulled away from his mother after birth and sold to a family in Texas who raised him as a human child. He spent the first year and a half of his life wearing clothing, sleeping in a bed and riding in cars. However, like all chimpanzees, the wild animal within Jackson eventually began to emerge and he became too big and difficult for his owners to manage. When he was less than two years old, he was relocated to an exotic animal facility in Texas. In March 2007 the state placed the facility into receivership, and Jackson and another chimp were rescued by Chimps Inc.
Though we do not have any medical reports on Jackson he was altered when he was young, a common technique within the pet and entertainment industries as an attempt to extend a chimps “career” by making them easier to control, which has been proven unsuccessful.
Jackson is our resident goofball, always showing off for our volunteers or causing some sort of mischief around the sanctuary like any other adolescent male. Because of his human upbringing, he can often be seen stomping around with an old sneaker on the wrong foot and a pair of upside-down sunglasses atop his floppy ears. His favorite game is chase and his endless energy never fails to exhaust his human and chimp friends alike. Jackson makes sure that life is never boring at Chimps Inc.
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.