Friday, February 20, 2009


When the cameras stop rolling and the lights turn dim, some former ape actors can face a fate worse than paparazzi scrutiny.

"Very often, they get out-placed to labs," said Patti Ragan, director of Center for Great Apes.

That could have been the path for the former stars of the movie Dunston Checks In, PASSIONS and commercials, had they not found a post-Hollywood home in the Center for Great Apes.

Hidden behind woods and orange groves in south central Florida, the 100-acre sanctuary has taken in 42 orangutans and chimps. Many are veterans of the entertainment industry, having appeared in movies, television shows and the circus.

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