Getting To Know Them Better

Tango was born at a breeder compound in Miami and sent as a tiny infant to work in Hollywood for the entertainment business in movies, television, and commercials. She performed in several movies (including Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and worked in various commercials. In fact, it is assumed that her name came from her use in many of the Tang® commercials.

Like most young apes, Tango grew too large to be used in entertainment and commercials. Once she turned seven years old, her time as a working orangutan had ended. So, Tango was out-placed from show business and sent to our Wauchula sanctuary in August 2004.

Tango likes to hide under large buckets and tubs used for enrichment, and is also crazy about water play. She will often suds herself up if given bubbles in a bath and loves sprinklers. Tango also likes to color her face in front of a mirror with colored chalk. In fact, Tango likes chalk so much that she will draw on the walls and floors in her nighthouse as well as on her toys… and even on BamBam’s cheekpads and face!

Over the years at the sanctuary, Tango has lived with several other orangutans (Pongo, Mari, Christopher, Geri, Pebbles, and Jam). Today Tango spends all of her time with the adult male, BamBam, and he is just WILD about her! They are both very devoted to
each other.

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Interesting Facts

  • Tango arrived at the sanctuary from California in 2004 just five days before Category 4 Hurricane Charley hit the sanctuary. (What an introduction
    to Florida!)
  • Christopher is Tango’s older brother, and their birth mother, Connie, arrived here 16 years after Tango arrived.


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.

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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