Born 1977 in captivity. Celebrated birthday: October 31st (Jamieween!)
We don’t know a lot about Jamie’s early years, except that she lived with an animal circus trainer likely from birth, then, when she was nine years old, the trainer sold her to a dealer who sold her into biomedical research.
Jamie is extremely intelligent. She stays busy by using the toys and other objects that are provided at the sanctuary. She has a deep love of cowboy boots and likes for her human caregivers to wear her current favorite pair as they walk on the outside of the chimpanzees’ outdoor habitat called Young’s Hill while she walks alongside on the inside of the fencing, patrolling the perimeter of the habitat. She is very interested in what the humans are doing and monitors the window to the kitchen as meals are being prepared for the chimpanzees. Jamie can be a challenge to keep mentally occupied, but it’s a challenge we gladly take on. It is difficult to imagine how she survived the years of boredom and fear in biomedical research. When she’s not trying to outwit her caregivers or creating projects for herself, she plays games of keep-away with Foxie’s troll dolls. These games can get rambunctious and usually result in wrestling and lots of laughter between the two.
Become Jamie’s Pal today!
Jamie’s current 23 Pals: Sharlene Anderson; Marji Beach; Jacqueline Bevins; Dusty Cavaliere; Kimberly Fleming; Teresa Hornback; Alisa Ipsaro; Chris Gossard & Lee Ann Johnson; Isabel Green; Cori Knol; Pam & Marc; Meg Lunnum; Donna Mensching; Heidi Mignogna in memory of Irving and Sylvia Figarsky; Sherry Padgett; Tami Roy; Kris Sanderson; Sally Pratt; Debra Redwine; Kathleen Roan; and Laura Wood.
Including current Pals of The Whole Family (all sixteen chimpanzees!): Monica Best; and Vicki Fagerlee.