Tango was born at a breeder compound in Miami, pulled away from her mother, and sold as a tiny infant to a Hollywood trainer for the movies, television, and commercial business. She has performed in several movies (including Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and worked in various commercials. In fact, it is assumed that her name came from her use in many of the Tang® commercials where her image is still used on some of their packaging.
Like most young apes, Tango grew until she was too large to be used in entertainment and commercials. Once she turned seven years old, her “shelf life” as a working orangutan had expired. So, Tango was out-placed from show business and was shipped to our Wauchula sanctuary in August 2004.
Tango has been introduced and housed at the sanctuary with several other orangutans. Today Tango spends most of her time with adult male, BamBam, and he is just WILD about her!
(Note: Even though Tango was used to sell Tang® and other products such as Budweiser®, none of these companies have ever contributed to her retirement or long-term care at the sanctuary.)