Getting To Know Them Better

Connie, the second oldest orangutan at the sanctuary, was born at a zoo in Colorado and then sent to a private collector in Florida when she was 10 years old. There, Connie was bred and gave birth to several infants, but never raised them. Today, two of Connie’s offspring also live at the sanctuary…Christopher and Tango.

Connie arrived at the Center for Great Apes from a theme park in Miami in September 2020 along with her longtime companion Sinbad. Even in their 40’s now, they often play like youngsters… tickling and play-wrestling. But she likes her alone time too and will spend hours napping each day up in the tall cupola of her habitat. She loves having her keepers blow bub-bles for her and she enjoys playing in a tub of water…especially bubble bath.

Like most orangutans, Connie likes to munch on leaves, palm fronds, vines, and flowers. So she is provided with lots of fresh browse each day, both to nest with and to nibble on. Her favorite food items are green beans, romaine lettuce and citrus fruit. She often takes her food to a quiet spot up high and away from Sinbad so that he won’t steal her diet!

Connie is a delight and will spend her elder years at the Center in peace with her companion Sinbad… eventually meeting her son
Christopher and her daughter Tango.

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Interesting Facts

Connie loves having her keepers blow bubbles for her and she really enjoys playing a tub of water (especially a bubble bath).


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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