In memory of Annie Chimpanzee (1960-2002). She began her life in Africa. She spent her younger years in entertainment, and then ended up at the Primate Foundation of Arizona (PFA). She was later leased and finally sold to the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP). She served in the breeding program there and had the dubious distinction of being the first successfully artificially inseminated chimpanzee. She gave birth to a daughter named Wotoni, who now lives at PFA.
After years of life in the laboratory, she was finally given permanent retirement to the Fauna Foundation in Quebec, Canada. She immediately became the matriarch of the group and the beloved mother figure to the chimpanzees as well as the humans at Fauna. She had the strength, the stubbornness, and the courage that her tough life had forced into her, but her body couldn’t fight as hard as her will.
Her years in research caught up with her on January 10th, 2002. Her loss will be felt for years to come.