Born in a zoo, Radcliffe is a hybrid cross between Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. Because he wasn’t either pure Bornean or pure Sumatran, he was sold in the early 1980’s to a circus trainer. Radcliffe was worked in television shows and various small traveling circuses for a number of years until he became too large and too strong to handle. After an aggressive confrontation with Radcliffe, the trainer sold him to a small amusement park in New York, and shortly after that, he was sent to a roadside attraction in Florida where he lived for ten years in a tiny chain link cage.
When the Florida attraction was closed down, the Center for Great Apes brought Radcliffe (along with the chimpanzee Roger) to the sanctuary to live out the rest of his life in dignity. Radcliffe now enjoys the climbing structures in his 40-foot tall habitat and loves to roam through the woods in the aerial trailways to visit other orangutans at the sanctuary.