Acrobatic, Inquisitive, Energetic My Birthday
January 3, 1999My Story
was born at a commercial breeder’s Florida facility and is the younger sibling
of adult male orangutan, Sammy. He was sold to a California trainer and worked
in several entertainment venues. His longest “job” lasted two years in the TV
soap opera Passions, where he played the part of an orangutan nurse. At
age six, Bam Bam, was becoming too strong to be worked and was nearing his
retirement from the television business.
arrived at the Center in the company of two other infant orangutans, Jam and Pebbles.
While these youngsters played and wrestled with each other, they clearly needed
some “fostering” from older orangutans. After their initial quarantine period,
they were each introduced gradually to adult and adolescent orangutans at the
sanctuary. Bam Bam has lived with Christopher, Radcliffe, Chuckie, and his
adolescent friend Louie.
his pre-subadult years Bam Bam became good friends with Louie and did what most
adolescent orangutans do… wrestle, chase, swing on vines, wrestle more, and
cause occasional havoc. They especially liked to follow the staff around the
property in their tree-top tunnel system and compete for attention with their
that Bam Bam is entering his sub-adulthood years, he is avoiding other male territories
and is starting to prefer the company of females instead. Bam Bam’s favorite
companion now is the female Tango, and he enjoys playing with her throughout
is a sweet and gentle ape who loves to investigate new toys and enrichment provided
to him. He is very active, and can usually be found in the highest places in
his habitat, typically brachiating around in true orangutan, arm-over-arm