Chimps Jill and Arthur to be Reunited for Mother’s Day

Announcements, Outdoors
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have so much to be excited about here at the sanctuary. Twenty-nine-year-old Jill will soon be reunited with her son, 17-year-old Arthur!

Though we don’t know all the details of their relationship, we know that they were separated for years in the lab and may have been separated at or soon after Arthur’s birth.

Jill and Arthur will soon have the chance to meet!

We don’t know what to expect and realize that they may not know one another as mother and son, but we can’t wait to see their reaction!

Our chimpanzee care team is carefully introducing Marlon’s group of six males (including Arthur) to Jurita’s group of ten females (including Jill) in Chimps Ahoy Villa. Soon, it will be Jill and Arthur’s turn to be in the same room together. Will they recognize one another? Will they play? Or will they ignore one another?

We don’t know, but what a special Mother’s Day reunion this may be!

Moments like this are made possible with your support, so we hope you’ll considersponsoring a chimp or sending a Project Chimps gift for Mother’s Day, upcoming graduations or summer celebrations.

Our new Project Chimps notecards and baby onesies make great gifts too. Simply scroll down to see some of our great gift options below.

You’ll be giving a gift with meaning – one that helps provide a new life for a former research chimpanzee.

Arthur is Jill’s son. The pair was separated in the lab and will soon meet in Chimps Ahoy Villa in time for Mother’s Day.
Support Arthur and Jill’s reunion by sponsoring a chimpanzee for Mother’s Day, graduation or summer celebrations
Order by Monday, May 6, and we’ll ship a special package to the mother in your life in time for Mother’s Day. Select our Mother’s Day Chimp, above, or our Celebration Chimp or Party Chimp, below.
Celebration Chimp features white flowers and a toy champagne bottle of real blowing bubbles.
Party Chimp features a colorful neck ribbon and bouquet of bright star-shaped plastic balloons.
Sponsor one of these chimpanzees!
Sponsor a Chimp Monthly starting at $23
Sponsor a Chimp Annually starting at $250
Give our New Project Chimps Note Card Set
Send your next note or gift with a keepsake chimpanzee card! This set includes 12 beautiful cards featuring four artistic double exposure images of former research chimpanzees and Blue Ridge Mountain scenes. The images were created by Project Chimps chimpanzee caregiver/photographer Crystal Alba. Each folded card measures 4.75″ x 6.25″ and the set comes in a framed paper box with envelopes included. All proceeds help the chimps!
Buy our New Baby Onesie for a New Mom or Mom-to-Be
You can support Project Chimps no matter how young you are. Our onesies are made of 100% organic cotton.
Our pink and avocado-colored onesiesare printed with environmentally friendly phthalate-free soy based inks.
Photos by Crystal Alba & Leslie Wade

Project Chimps is mourning the loss of Sopulu

Community, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Staff and caregivers at Project Chimps are mourning the loss of one of their rescues this week. News of Sopulu’s passing came Wednesday via Project Chimp’s Facebook page.

Fannin County, Blue Ridge, Morganton, Geogia, Project Chimps, Sopulu, Arthur, Executive Director, Ali Crumpacker, National Center for Biotechnology Information, New Iberia Research Center, Louisiana, Great Ape Heart Project, Zoo Atlanta, Chimpanzee

Sopulu was known for his skilled tool use and for using these skills to hide and retrieve snacks. (Photo by Crystal Alba via Project Chimps website.)

According to the Project Chimps website, Sopulu was found unresponsive in his hammock Tuesday morning with his group mate, Arthur, by his side.

Preliminary postmortem examination revealed that Sopulu died of acute cardiac arrest. According to the Great Ape Heart Project, based at Zoo Atlanta, heart disease is a major cause of mortality in all four great ape genera managed in captivity. These four groups include the western lowland gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos.

While cardiac issues, such as sudden cardiac arrest, are common problems among chimpanzees, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the underlying causes of the issues remain widely unknown.

Sopulu arrived at Project Chimps Nov. 30, 2016, from the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. His group was comprised of seven male chimpanzees and was the second social group to arrive in the mountains of north Georgia.

On Jan. 16, 2018, Sopulu stepped outdoors into one of Project Chimps’ open-air six-acre habitats. It was there that Sopulu braved his fears of the unknown and got to truly experience the outdoors for the first time in his life.

Fifteen-year-old Sopulu was born June 23, 2002, and was just a little over a month away from celebrating his sixteenth birthday Project Chimps style, with extra treats and colorful enrichment activities to mark his special day.

Sopulu will be cremated and his remains planted with a native tree or fruit tree on the sanctuary grounds. The memorial site will be marked with a plaque to commemorate his special life.

“Sopulu was beloved by caregivers and chimpanzees for his friendly and playful personality,” Executive Director of Project Chimps Ali Crumpacker recalled of the great ape and added, “We are grateful to have been able to provide him with a year and a half of love and care in our sanctuary.”


Featured Image: A stunning portrait of Sopulu while in Project Chimps care. (Photo by Crystal Alba via Project Chimps website.)



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