Getting To Know Them Better

Jam was born at a Hollywood entertainment compound and would have been worked in television and entertainment, but his trainer decided to stop working great apes. So Jam arrived at the sanctuary when he was only three years old, in the company of BamBam and Pebbles. He was reunited with his mother, Geri, but was afraid of Sammy, his very large “cheekpadder” father. When Sammy was occupied elsewhere, Jam would often spend time playing and grooming with Geri.

As he matured, Jam was introduced to Kiki, and they hit it off immediately.  Once Jam developed his cheekpads he was introduced to Bailey, and they often can be found wrestling and tickling outside in their habit or spending quiet time together inside their nighthouse.

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Interesting Facts

  • His favorite food is corn on the cob but he wants nothing to do with tomatoes.
  • Like his father, Sammy, Jam seems to have a fascination with feet, especially women with painted toenails. It is the first thing he looks for when meeting someone new!


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.

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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