Topo became the first chimpanzee to make his home at Chimps Inc. on October 10, 1995. Topo was found in a dark and dingy trailer park in upstate New York living in solitary confinement in a small, dirty, windowless cage without any access to the outdoors. Although we were unable to obtain many details about his past, we understand he was destined to be euthanized after an incident involving an unprovoked attack by a group of teenagers. He was then relocated to the facility where we eventually found him. We estimate that he was born in the early- to mid-1970’s, making him our oldest and wisest resident.
Despite his age, Topo’s youthful spirit is evident by his wrestling matches with Thiele or games of chase with Jackson and CJ. He is extremely patient and gentle but assumes his role as alpha male without hesitation if the need arises. As such, the other chimps respect Topo’s dominance and look to him for reassurance and direction in times of excitement or stress. We suspect that Topo had not experienced the outdoors before he arrived at the sanctuary, but these days he can most likely be found lounging beneath the trees, grooming with Patti in a sunny corner, or simply sitting up in his tower, watching over his domain.
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.