Ned arrived at Chimp Haven in April 2014. Ned experienced head trauma as an infant causing impaired mobility and cognition. Ned’s global damage to his brain makes social interactions with other chimpanzees very difficult.
In spite of his issues, Ned has become a favorite among staff and some chimpanzees in his group. Lovingly referred to as “Nedder” by care staff, he has been introduced to new friends, Monkey, Sassy and Paula, who care for and protect him and have aided him in his transition to retirement. With encouragement, he has begun to figure out life at Chimp Haven and is enjoying his freedom.
Monkey, a small male, was retired to Chimp Haven in May 2014. Upon arriving to the sanctuary, he seemed slow both mentally and physically. His medical records indicate he had a seizure disorder and during a seizure, sustained an injury that caused severe trauma to his chin and lower lip.
After evaluation by Chimp Haven’s veterinary team, the decision was made to lower the dosage of his seizure medication. Soon after, staff began to see a change in Monkey. He appears to be a methodical thinker who is very socially adept. The next step will be to consider surgical reconstruction of his lip which will aid in his ability to eat normally.
Julius, 46, is one of the first chimpanzees released by the New Iberia Research Center. He came to Chimp Haven in January 2013. During his time in the laboratory, Julius fathered 29 children. Many of his offspring now live at Chimp Haven, including Dino, Chicken, Tosha, Danielle, Mackenzie and Kim.
Julius has adjusted well to his social group. He recently attained the alpha male role after the death of his predecessor.