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Wenka was born in a laboratory at Orange Park on May 21, 1954. Five decades
later, she is still in a lab (HERE in GEORGIA at Emory University), and still being
used for research.
Wenka is now the oldest known chimpanzee in a U.S. lab. She has been through
a gamut of research beginning the day she was born. Wenka has also been used
to breed chimpanzees for research and has had all of her babies taken from her.
Through the years, she has had myriad cage-mate friends or family who were
eventually taken from her.
According to one lab caregiver, she has “spent plenty of time rocking in the back
corner of her cage,” (an abnormal behavior associated with the stress of
laboratory institutionalization). Other lab caregivers have described Wenka as
having a “1000 mile stare,” saying that her dissociation makes it difficult to reach
her after all these years in a lab.
After five decades, and with few remaining years left, Wenka deserves to spend
the rest of her days in the comfort of sanctuary. Please help us make this happen.
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