Gruen’s “First 100” Chimpanzee Stories Featured

John, about 44, was captured in Africa and brought to the United States to perform in rodeos. He came to Chimp Haven from a biomedical research facility. Dr. Brent writes, “John is blind in one eye and has a malformed face due to a fall out of a tree during his time on the rodeo circuit.” He now suffers from kidney disease.

Professor Lori Gruen’s The First 100 web site was featured in The New York Times. The web site provides biographies of the first 100 chimpanzees used in scientific experimentation. Gruen is chair and professor of philosophy, professor of feminist gender and sexuality studies, professor of environmental studies.

Chimpanzees live 50 to 60 years in captivity, so those who are retired have long histories, although the details can be spotty. On her web site, Gruen has thumbnail biographies of the first 100 chimps used in research in the United States. She hopes to create a similar site for chimps now in research laboratories, called The Last 1,000.

The chimps pictured in the article – some with long histories, others with uncertain futures – are at Chimp Haven and The New Iberia Research Center, both in Louisiana.