Pepper Passed Away June 27, 2012 at the age of 42.
Spiritual, emotional and always kind, that was Pepper. There are not enough words in the English language to describe how deeply sensitive and emotional this chimpanzee was. She displayed so many of the same emotions as human primates, but she also relied on her intuition and her senses; gifts we as humans so often ignore or don’t trust in ourselves.
Pepper was a family girl. She loved to be with her “people,” to be near her chimpanzee family and to share with them. Being alone was torture for her. Pepper would often visit with humans but her chimpanzee family was never far away.
We learned very early that Pepper had a fear of small spaces that was so intense she would shake uncontrollably when locked in a room alone, or even with another individual. Pepper’s fear of small spaces was the driving force behind some of the biggest changes to the chimp house at Fauna. We created openings that were large and crossover areas so Pepper never had to be in a space that was confining and that caused her to panic. Chimpanzees like Pepper, Billy, Annie and Jeannie helped us modify and expand the chimp house into the complex and enriching environment it is today.
Read more of her remarkable story here.
Photos 1, 4 © NJ Wight
Photos 2,3 © Jo-Anne McArthur