Born 1989 in a laboratory. Actual birthday: June 6th
When Wildlife Waystation closed in 2019, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest continued our planned expansion to make a home for another group of chimpanzees in need. Dora arrived with the rest of the “Lucky Six” on June 26, 2021. The Lucky Six were integrated with Honey B, Willy B, and Mave in April of 2022 and now live in a group of nine.
Dora was born at the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP). Her records say that her mother was Stella and her father was Les. She has many half siblings, including Gordo in her own group, who had the same father, and several chimpanzees at other sanctuaries including Pumpkin at Save the Chimps in Florida.
When LEMSIP closed in 1996, Dora went to Wildlife Waystation along with over 30 other chimpanzees.
Dora is a small chimpanzee with beautiful big eyes. She was thought to be the least dominant of her current group, though we had seen her stand up to even the big boys, but since the integration she and Mave have become best friends- the type of best friends not to be messed with! She likes to play casual games of tickle and poke with her caregivers (we remain very safe during any contact with the chimps, which is done through a secure barrier) and does an endearing head bobble when interacting with others.