Getting To Know Them Better

Jacob and his twin, Jonah, were born at a drive-through safari park in Oklahoma (along with sister, Ellie) where they were pulled from their mother and sold to a California trainer for the entertainment business.

They both worked in movies, TV shows, and TV advertisements. When they were only 8 years old – still juveniles – they were considered too old, too big, and too dangerous to continue to be worked in the Hollywood business.

Jacob, along with Jonah, Kenuzy, and Daisy arrived at our sanctuary from Los Angeles in August 2004 one week before the sanctuary was hit by Hurricane Charley. They also went through two more hurricanes (Francis and Jeanne) before they were even able come outside and play in their new large outdoor habitat.

Jacob is gentle and laid back. He loves to groom with his chimpanzee friends and even his caregivers. He can be very silly at times and loves to make funny faces. His favorite food
is oatmeal!

One of his favorite enrichment activities is looking at magazines. He loves to gather several magazines into his nest and flip through all of them. Jacob will also look at pictures of food and make chimpanzee “food bark” noises.

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Interesting Facts

  • Jacob was born February 15, 1996 and is a few minutes older than his twin Jonah.
  • In addition to his siblings Jonah and Ellie, Jacob’s older brother Murray and his father Joe now live at the sanctuary, arriving years later.
  • Jacob enjoys playing in the sprinkler during the hot weather. He also spends time making nests each day.


It costs over $25,000 a year to care for one of our apes. By symbolically adopting the ape of your choice for a one-time donation of $300 OR just $25 a month for one year, you are helping ensure the health, safety, and well-being of your orangutan or chimpanzee.

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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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