Getting To Know Them Better

Natsu arrived in Wauchula in December 2005 after a few years of international travel when she worked at an international tourist attraction and theme park in Kyoto, Japan. Born in the United States, she was returned to the U.S. when she became too large and dangerous to be handled.

Natsu had very little experience interacting with other chimpanzees before she arrived at the Center, so she was first introduced to former entertainment juveniles, Mowgli and Kodua. She immediately loved baby Kodua (age 2), but would often scream every time Mowgli teased her or poked her playfully. However, within weeks, Natsu learned to not take Mowgli so seriously, and they became good friends.

Since her arrival at the sanctuary, Natsu has lived with numerous chimpanzees. She formed a special bond with an older male, Chipper. She and Chipper are very compatible and spend hours each day grooming, playing chase, or just resting together. Natsu and Chipper have recently transitioned into a larger group which includes Brooks, Mowgli, Kenya, and Noelle.

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Interesting Facts

  • Natsu is very energetic and athletic. She likes to carry around old shoes or boots on her back and loves to wrap herself up in butcher paper or burlap bags.
  • When she was used in live stage shows in Japan, Natsu acquired a taste for Japanese-style rice and other Japanese foods like seaweed.


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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