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 shortly after his birth. 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 “cheek-padded” father. While Sammy was occupied elsewhere, Jam would often spend time playing and grooming with Geri.

In addition to his mother Geri, Jam has lived with several orangutans at the Center including Tango, Kiki, BamBam, and currently Bailey.  He has always been very social and now as a full grown adult male with large cheekpads, he is very handsome and devoted to Bailey. They often can be found wrestling and tickling outside in their habitat, sitting in a hammock together and grooming, or spending quiet time with each other inside their night house.

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Interesting Facts

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


Caring for one of our apes costs over $30,000 a year. By symbolically adopting the ape of your choice, you are helping ensure your orangutan or chimpanzee's health, safety, and well-being.

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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.


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