Born 1973 in the wild
Negra began her life in the forests of Africa and was captured there as an infant. The majority of her 30+ years have been spent in biomedical research laboratories. She was used in hepatitis vaccine research and as a "breeder." She is a strong individual with a unique personality and has been called the queen of the Cle Elum Seven chimpanzees. Negra enjoys the sheets and blankets that are provided to her at the sanctuary and she has a nightly ritual of sitting up on a ledge and completely covering herself with a blanket. She stays like this for a few minutes, then peeks her face out so that the blanket is wrapped around her body and head like a hooded poncho.
Negra's current 28 Pals: Anonymous; Laureen Bartfield & Scott Smith; Stacey Bradley; Kim Fuqua; Marilyn Glasgow in memory of Brandy; Joanna Glickler; Lori Gruen; Libby Guess in memory of Bella Guess; The Helds; Glee Hubbard; Humphrey; Molly Jordan in memory of Loretta; Ruth Kemp; Rebecca Lasell; Pam Laulainen; Rita Laws; Meg Lunnum; Diane Mattis; Donna Mensching; Tricia Olson; Emily Ruch; Gene Ryzewicz; W.H. Taylor; Paul Tollett; Sage Tuyls-Girard ; Warren & Darlene Wash; Patty Wilkerson; Vicki Wiseman