Billy Chimpanzee
Despite his temper, Billy is affectionate and very playful. He is very intelligent and extremely humanized.
Date of birth: 07/10/1994
Origin: Kroner Circus
Sanctuary: Sorocaba, São Paulo/Brazil

Billy was bought by a circus when he was still a baby and arrived at the Sanctuary in 2004 as a young adult. He is very intelligent and extremely humanized. He sometimes has explosive attitudes and has a very individualistic personality – he doesn’t like to share his things. 

When he was still very young at the circus, he briefly lived with two chimpanzees, Tião and Monica, who also moved to the Sanctuary a few years later. But as Billy doesn’t have fond memories of his time at the circus, they didn’t get on well and so they didn’t live together at the Sanctuary. 

Despite his temper, he is affectionate and very playful. He loves seeing his reflection in the mirror. He’s very expressive, asks for what he wants with gestures and likes to point out the parts of his face when he’s looking in the mirror, identifying his eyes, mouth, teeth, etc.

Resident's History
posted in 12 Jun 2023
Billy and the humanization dilemma
Billy is an example of how humanized chimpanzees can become outside of their natural environment. Despite being an indicator of his intelligence, his behavior will always be a reminder of his past.
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posted in 23 Feb 2011
Billy discovers an extinct friend
CHIMFUNSHI SANCTUARYChimfunshi Sanctuary, in Zambia, is the largest sanctuary of chimpanzees in Africa. The history of the sanctuary and of family Siddle, which founded and manages it, is also linked to the history of hippo baby called Billy (they thought it was a female and put this name wrongly).Billy,
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