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His caretakers describe 41-year-old David as a very sweet chimpanzee. David suffered greatly during his years in the laboratory due in part to a foot wound that wouldn’t heal. Fortunately, he is now on the mend and enjoying retirement (and bananas)!

David was brought to the laboratory in Liberia in 1979 by a private owner who could no longer care for him. Like many of his older chimpanzee companions, David spent his early years on a chain before being moved to a cage where he spent decades being exploited for research. David’s caretakers say he has always been a gentle chimp with a peaceful nature. Unfortunately, because of overcrowding in the lab and David’s submissive personality, he was frequently attacked by his cagemates. Also, during his time in research, he suffered a foot injury that repeatedly became infected.


His foot finally began to get better once David was retired to the islands. Today, his foot is completely healed but unfortunately the injury caused some permanent damage. This handsome guy still gets around though! And, in true chimp fashion, he loves bananas! He lives peacefully on Island 2 with Jiminy Cricket, Tipsy, Mae, Root Beer, Fanta, Coke-O, Pasiway, Eastern and Rose.

Adopt David

With a donation of $250 or more, you can adopt David. Your adoption will last for one year and you'll receive a personalized adoption certificate as well as updates during the year.

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