Relaxed fit unisex shirt featuring Save the Chimps logo on the front and a photo of Chrissy on the back
Chrissy was born December 20, 1994, at a facility once known as “The Chimp Farm”. She was taken from her parents at the age of two and sold to an animal trainer. Chrissy was shipped to New Zealand, where she was thrust into the production of Babe 2: Pig in the City. The sudden separation from her mother, the long overseas journey, and the stress of being forced to behave in abnormal ways took an extreme toll on Chrissy. She became ill to the point where even the trainer felt she might not survive.
When filming wrapped, Chrissy made the arduous journey to a private zoo in Alabama that had taken another of the trainer’s chimps, Freddy. At the age of 3, Chrissy’s acting career was over. She likely would have been dumped by the age of 8 anyway; chimps quickly become too dangerous to be handled by humans. Given that chimps live 40+ years, a chimpanzee who can no longer earn her keep becomes an expensive liability.
The zoo’s owners nursed Chrissy back to health and treated her as a pet. However, they also closed their zoo and found themselves with two chimpanzees who would outlive them. They contacted STC for help, and in 2007, Chrissy and Freddy became part of the STC family. Chrissy’s birth facility, the Hollywood trainer, and the private zoo had all failed to commit to her lifetime care. But Save the Chimps is different—this is her forever home.
She is a very spirited and strong-willed chimpanzee who has little patience for humans. She prefers the company of her chimpanzee friends and loves being outdoors on the island home that they share. She has a large oak tree to climb and a lovely covered bridge that offers shade and privacy. Chrissy likes her creature comforts and enjoys lounging in a hammock or snuggling up to soft toys and blankets. Thankfully, her acting days are long behind her. Chrissy will never again be forced to be someone who she is not.