Atlanta

In loving memory of Atlanta Chimpanzee, 1965-2000. Atlanta Chimpanzee was the first chimpanzee born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She spent her entire life at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, the last 16 years of which she was a well-loved member of a large social group of chimpanzees. Her wisdom, patience, and guidance were a positive influence on her family and friends. She had an enormous love of food, which unfortunately led to extreme obesity. Her body eventually succumbed to crippling osteoarthritis. Despite best attempts to treat her condition, Atlanta died on December 21, 2000. She is survived by a son, Rhett, and granddaughter Azalea. Those who knew her mourn her departure from this earth, but celebrate that she is finally free.