Finn, pictured above taking a ride on the back of his mother, Anita, is part of the newest generation of chimps in this colony. In 2005, NYBC left the chimps here once they were no longer needed in cruel research experiments.
For the next several years, NYBC paid for their survival by arranging regular shipments of food and setting up systems to provide fresh water to the island, which otherwise only has drinkable water half the year. But in the spring of 2015, the center unapologetically pulled funding for the chimpanzees and effectively left them to fend for themselves.
Many critics, including Dr. Jane Goodall, saw this decision as an act of cruelty against the colony, which depended entirely on human care for decades, and, in the case of many chimps like Finn, their entire lives.