Published on Apr 29, 2016
Joe was imprisoned in this squalid cage at this decrepit roadside zoo for 17 years.
When he was young, he was taught to perform tricks by notorious Hollywood animal trainer Steve Martin, who has a long history of dumping chimpanzees in roadside zoos when they grow up and get too strong to be controlled.And that’s what happened to Joe. He was dumped at The Mobile Zoo, where he was confined to a tiny, rusted cage, isolated and alone.
PETA has been working to free Joe for years, and in 2016, we succeeded. Joe was finally released and, with the help of Save the Chimps sanctuary, we were able to take him to his wonderful new home.At the sanctuary, he will have the opportunity to learn to be part of a family and finally has enough space to climb and explore like a real chimpanzee.