Chimp Haven Mourns the Death of Famous Chimpanzee Artist

Published 03/11 2014 09:45AM

Updated 04/03 2014 02:03PM

(Keithville, LA) With great sadness, Chimp Haven announces the passing of one of its beloved chimpanzees, Brent.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Brent,” Chimp Haven President Cathy Willis Spraetz said. “However, we are comforted knowing he was able to spend many happy years in sanctuary being cared for by individuals who greatly loved him. We will continue to remember Brent’s infectious spirit and marvel at the wonderful artwork he has left us.”

About Brent Brent, a resident of Chimp Haven since 2006, came to sanctuary after spending many years as a singly-housed chimpanzee. Unknown whether he would be able to live with other chimpanzees in a large social group, Brent was introduced to Les and Grandma later that year and they quickly became best friends. He also won the hearts of staff with his sweet nature and playfulness.

Like several of Chimp Haven’s residents, the 38-year-old enjoyed painting as a form of enrichment. However, it was his unorthodox method of using his tongue to paint that helped create distinct pieces that were coveted by many. It was also this unusual way of painting that catapulted Brent to the Humane Society of the United States’ Chimpanzee Art Contest’s first prize last year. This acknowledgement quickly made Brent a national and international superstar. Brent’s artwork can be seen at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale where a painting is part of their permanent modern art collection.

About Chimp Haven: Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary, is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide a permanent retirement sanctuary for chimpanzees no longer used for biomedical research, entertainment, or as pets. Located 25 miles southwest of Shreveport, La. in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Caddo Parish, Chimp Haven opened its doors to the first residents in April 2005. Please check our website for directions

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