Oopsie headshot

Getting To Know Them Better

Oopsie is the oldest female chimp at the sanctuary. Her life began as a performer over 30 years ago when she was an understudy on the TV show “BJ and the Bear”. When her original owner retired, she was sent to a California sanctuary for a short time, but then ended up in another trainer’s compound where she was bred. Oopsie had at least six infants, but all were pulled away from her within weeks of their birth and either trained as performing chimpanzees or sold as pets. Oopsie’s first two offspring, Boma and Jessie, now live at the sanctuary reunited with their mother, all having arrived here together in March 2005.

Oopsie’s fourth infant is our original chimpanzee resident, Grub (born in 1991). Oopsie raised Grub at the Los Angeles animal compound for 12 weeks until he was pulled from her and sold as an infant to a tourist attraction in Miami.

When Oopsie’s daughter Jessie arrived in Wauchula, she was carrying her newborn 6-week old infant born in California before she was moved to the Center. After Oopsie and Jessie were reintroduced to each other, Oopsie was very respectful and gentle with Jessie’s baby, her own grandson, Stryker. Then, in 2006, another youngster (previously born to Jessie and raised by humans) was added to Oopsie’s group. Kodua was only three when she was slowly introduced to her birth mother Jessie, her brother, Stryker, her aunt Boma, her grandmother, Oopsie, and the two adult males in the group, Sam and Bubbles. To our surprise, Oopsie immediately adopted Kodua taking her into her nest each night and watching over her with the other chimpanzees.

Oopsie currently resides with Boma, Jessie, Ripley, and Bubbles.

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Oopsie was born sometime in 1974

Interesting Facts

  • Oopsie loves to paint and enjoys gentle water play
  • Oopsie is active for her age. She is gentle and easygoing. She has a very expressive face and is good at letting her caregivers know what she needs.
  • Oopsie is the best nest maker in her group, her daughters (Boma and Jessie) are close behind!


It costs $22,000 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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