MEET THE CHIMPANZEES

Thiele

Thiele

Thiele was born on July 14, 1986 in Vallejo, California. She spent her early years at Marine World USA with her biological sister, Patti, and surrogate sister, Maggie. Thiele was required to perform unnatural tricks to the laughter and amusement of crowds of people throughout her younger years. However, like most chimpanzees, Thiele soon became too strong, unmanageable and dangerous to be handled by her trainers or work around the public. Though her “career” was over, Thiele remained at the park as a companion for Maggie, who continued to be exploited for several more years.

In 1999, when Maggie also became too dangerous to work, both chimpanzees were relocated to a breeding facility in Auburn, California. In 2005, when the facility was no longer able to care for their chimpanzees, it was only natural that Thiele and Maggie move to the sanctuary to join Patti. After nine long years of separation, the sister trio reunited with elated pant hoots and big embraces. 

Though the sisterly love is evident, Thiele has also become close to Emma. The two can often be seen together tickling and grooming each other, which is truly a site to see. Thiele is extremely smart, always keeping an eye on the activities of her fellow chimpanzee and human friends. One of her favorite activities is looking at her reflection in the mirror. Some may think it’s vain, but she’s so pretty, who can blame her!

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Thiele is extremely smart, always keeping an eye on the activities of her fellow chimpanzee and human friends.