Bam Bam the Orangutan

The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes ... continue reading.

Kiki the Orangutan

When Kiki arrived at the Center for Great Apes, she was extremely obese, having lived for most of her life in a small garage cage that allowed her no freedom of movement. She had been a pet in a private home but grew big to be handled, so was moved ... continue reading.

Linus the Orangutan

Linus was sold to a private owner as an infant and was kept in a cage in a garage for most of his life. When Linus had suddenly started to tear apart his tiny cage in order to escape, his owner asked the Center for Great Apes sanctuary to take ... continue reading.

Mari the Orangutan

Mari came to the Center for Great Apes from a research facility in Georgia where she was part of a language and cognition study. Mari worked with lexigrams, mazes, puzzles, and memory tasks. Mari is a very unusual orangutan in that she has no arms. In spite of this, Mari ... continue reading.

The Real Story of Apes in Entertainment

In spite of the public's increased awareness of animal protection issues, chimpanzees and orangutans are still used today in the entertainment industry. Using apes in entertainment usually means a life of misery and uncertainty for the apes. Baby apes are taken away from their mothers to be raised by humans ... continue reading.