Rescued: 1996

Noelle was born on December 22, 1994, at a biomedical research laboratory in New York, where she was raised by human caretakers. The black “mask” around her eyes made her easily distinguishable from the other light-faced juveniles. And her naughty, sneaky, unpredictable nature made some refer to her as a “bandit.”

As Noelle has aged, her “mask” has faded and blended, but she remains the most notorious, and certainly quirkiest, of the group. For years she has tried to snatch, grab, and poke every caretaker. At breakfast she races in and collects armloads of produce, then rushes off to eat alone. She follows the other chimps around at mealtimes so she can snatch up their leftovers. From her earliest days, Noelle displayed obvious intelligence. For example, PRC caretakers teach the chimps to help clean their night rooms: in exchange for a piece of bedding pushed out to the floor, a chimp receives a Tic Tac. Noelle quickly learned to tear one large piece of bedding into smaller pieces, then hand them over individually in hopes of earning multiple rewards. She’s always been eccentric, as well: she loves to watch movies, and will pound the glass window of her enclosure when she sees people or animals onscreen she doesn’t like. And like Jenny and Martina, Noelle loves shoes. (She even likes to flip through shoe catalogues!) When the caretakers offer her old shoes to play with, she sometimes tries to fit them on her feet and walk around.

Noelle’s closest companion is Ike, whom she spent much time with at LEMSIP. Although she’s something of a loner, Noelle also has a budding friendship with Jenny. She particularly enjoys time in the chimps’ spacious outdoor enclosure, where she watches the world from a high perch while basking in the sun.

Happy World Chimpanzee Day!

Today is World Chimpanzee Day – a day to celebrate all chimpanzees, wild and captive. We want to spend today highlighting and honoring the nine chimpanzees who call the PRC home! Each chimp is a unique individual with their own likes, dislikes and interests, and we...

Fall Fun at the PRC

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Fun in the Sun!

The hot summer days have arrived here at the PRC! With many days exceeding 90°, we are making sure all of the residents are staying cool and enjoying some summer fun. Noelle enjoys snacking on frozen slices of jackfruit.   Jenny runs through the cool mist...

Sharing the Love

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Hooray for Whole Foods!

We are so pleased to now be partnering with our local Whole Foods store located in the Summit at Fritz Farm. We go through a lot of food each week to feed the 9 chimpanzees and over 40 monkeys at the PRC and we are fortunate that a large percentage of their diet is...

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A primatology book analysis and comparison to the PRC's chimps by Taylor Luken. Five to seven million years ago in Africa, humanity (Homo sapiens) and the African great ape known as the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) ceased sharing common ancestors. Our evolutionary...

Merry Chimpmas!

If you follow the Primate Rescue Center on social media, you probably know that every year around Christmas we like to put together a “Chimpmas list” for the chimps! This year the chimps thought long and hard about what they would like, and then...

A Splashtastic Summer!

The weather here in Nicholasville, KY has been scorching this summer! The primates love to cool off with tasty frozen treats, like homemade juice pops or frozen grapes, but their favorite way to beat the heat is with a pool party! Inside each monkey enclosure are...

Spring Fever

The chimps are kissing winter goodbye and embracing sun-filled days spent lounging, grooming and playing in their massive outdoor enclosure. What better way to ring in springtime festivities than by throwing the first outdoor chimp party of the season? Our...

The LEMSIP Chimps

In 1996, New York University made the decision to close down the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine & Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP), which at the time housed nearly 200 chimpanzees and an even larger number of monkeys. All the animals needed to be...