We are raising $12,500 to purchase a cold laser machine for chimpanzee Knuckles’ physical care. Donate by August 30th to help us match your gift (up to $6,000) thanks to one of our generous supporters!
Knuckles was born in 1999 into a family of chimpanzees at an entertainment compound in California. Due to lack of oxygen at birth he was discovered to have development disabilities, including cerebral palsy and came to live at the Center for Great Apes when he was 2 years old. The goal from the beginning, in accepting Knuckles for life-time care, was to help him meet his full potential for living a physically active and enriching life, in the company of other chimpanzees for as long as possible.
For nearly 18 years Knuckles has received quality care from dedicated caregivers, along with input from those in health care professions such as occupational and physical therapists, DVMs and MDs. Knuckles is encouraged to stay physically active by being in specific habitats that address his special needs. Knuckles is now at a point in time where some of his physical needs require the use of modern, well researched medical equipment to improve his quality of life. Our staff, including our veterinarian, has selected a laser that we believe will be very helpful to address Knuckles' mobility issues as well as general health.
Please consider making a donation today!