Getting To Know Them Better

Pebbles is known for her audacity and fearlessness. She is a beautiful young orangutan who is very confident around the other apes, no matter how large they are. The first time she met an adult male, Radcliffe, (with protective cage wire between them) she was just 45 pounds and he was over 260 pounds. She stuck her tiny hand right through the openings in the wire and into Radcliffe’s huge open mouth. Then she stuck her finger up his nose! The observing caregivers were surprised, and so was Radcliffe. He started “baby-squeaking” to her, and they became immediate friends.

Months later, when Pebbles was introduced into the same habitat with adult male Pongo, she had never before been one-on-one with such a large orangutan. However, from the moment she entered his enclosure, she was calm and eager to see him. She walked right up to Pongo, faced him, grabbed his beard, and tugged. Pongo looked shocked but quickly reacted with play gestures, and they lived harmoniously together in a group for several years. Today, Pebbles lives with Christopher, who adores her.

Pebbles arrived at the Center for Great Apes in December 2004 from a California trainer’s compound where she was worked as an infant in the entertainment business. She still had a few years of working ability ahead of her, but her owner thankfully decided to stop working great apes in shows and commercials.

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Interesting Facts

  • She loves to swing on vines in her enclosure, play in tubs of water, and wrestle with Christopher. One of her favorite enrichment activities is painting. Not only will she paint on paper or canvas given to her, but Pebbles also enjoys covering herself with non-toxic paint!
  • Pebbles’ favorite food? Whatever Christopher is eating.


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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