Boma

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Born at an entertainment compound in Los Angeles in 1986, Boma was Oopsie's first offspring. She was taken from her mother at a very early age so that she could be trained to work in television commercials and movies—just as Oopsie had been.

When she grew too large to be handled in entertainment, Boma was kept at the California compound to breed with other chimpanzees. Her first baby was stillborn. Her next infant was Knuckles, who was born in 1999 with a condition diagnosed as cerebral palsy.

Boma's owner retired in 2005 from the business of working and breeding great apes for the entertainment industry. At that point, Boma, along with 15 other chimpanzees at the California facility—including her mother and her sister—was sent to the Center for Great Apes’ sanctuary.

  • Boma was born in 1986
  • Boma is part of a social group of seven chimpanzees consisting of her mother, Oopsie; her younger sister, Jessie; her niece and nephew, Kodua and Stryker; and the adult males Bubbles and Ripley. She grooms, plays with, and otherwise interacts with her companions, even to the point of nagging the males as a way of stirring things up and, shall we say, keeping them on their toes! There's never a dull moment with Boma, it seems.
  • Boma has a hearty appetite for her regular diet of fresh produce, especially grapes, bananas, and frozen juice treats. 
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