Getting To Know Them Better

Daisy is a wild-caught chimpanzee taken from her mother in Africa and sold to a circus trainer.  As an infant, she was used in a Ringling Brothers circus act along with chimpanzees Butch and Chipper.  But when the trainer died suddenly, Butch, Chipper, and two other older chimps in the act were sent to a New Mexico biomedical research lab, and infant Daisy was sold to another circus trainer to continue performing.

When she was about 9 or 10 years old, she was sold again to a California breeder where she would be bred to produce more infants for the entertainment industry.  Her first baby (a female named Angel who now also lives at our sanctuary) was pulled and sold to a different Hollywood trainer.  Daisy had another infant, but he died in her care.

Daisy arrived in Wauchula in August 2004 a few days before Hurricane Charley hit the sanctuary.  That same year, six young Hollywood chimpanzees (Maggie, Ellie, Bella, Kenuzy, and twins Jonah & Jacob) joined Daisy, and she spent the next three years as the senior member of this group of adolescent chimpanzees.

Daisy has lived with many of our chimpanzees at the sanctuary but currently lives with Murray, Hannah, Kodua, and Crystal. She and Crystal have built a special and unique relationship.

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Daisy was born sometime in 1981 in Africa

Interesting Facts

  • Daisy has a lifelong habit of sticking things like apple seeds, twigs, and even pieces of food like celery into her ears.  This keeps the staff very busy helping her to remove those items.
  • Daisy is stubborn, loyal especially to Mickey, and funny. Actually, she thinks she is hilarious!
  • Daisy can often be seen with a “baby” which is either a rubber football, sock, or handkerchief.


Caring for one of our apes costs over $27,000 a year. By symbolically adopting the ape of your choice, you are helping ensure your orangutan or chimpanzee's health, safety, and well-being.

Can't Adopt?

In addition to cash donations, the Center for Great Apes is always in need of food, enrichment items, and supplies. We welcome gifts of all kinds.


Want to know what we need? We have a list of things we would like to have.

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