The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Connie Casey Braun, Chimpanzee Breeder, Missouri Primate Foundation AKA Chimparty

How can a foundation be a non-profit when they sell Baby Chimpanzees for between $40,000-$50,000.? Now they are between $55,000-65,000!

Look at just the one Chimpanzee she talks about, Suzy, she says she had 6 babies, even if that was the max (which in my opinion there were allot more), between the years of 1984 and 2001 that would be $270,000.00 at an average of 45,000 each! That's just for one female! Plus all of the birthday parties, media work and greeting card income, how can that be a non-profit business? Imagine how much money Connie Casey Braun is making off of these chimpanzees. The same chimpanzees that have attacked people, almost killing them.

I don't understand how she can take those babies away from their moms, sell them knowing how dangerous they are with no remorse, no heart, no feelings what-so ever. I have to wonder what type of person does this.


According to court records filed in the shooting case in 2001, Connie Braun Casey got started in the chimp business sometime in the late 1960s when she opened a pet shop called Braun's Barn along Highway CC near Festus.

She said she paid $12,000 for her first chimp, Coco, in 1975 and $16,000 for a female, Bridget.

The pair began to breed, and Casey estimated that she had sold about 15 to 20 chimps since 1981. At the time, she said each baby chimp sold for $40,000 to $50,000. She also estimated that she had 23 chimps at her facility in 2001 — many of which performed at nursing homes, birthday parties and other area events.

A sign in her front yard reads, "Chimparty, Entertainment for all ages." She also runs a nonprofit called Missouri Chimpanzee Sanctuary for chimps retired from show business or discarded by zoos, to keep them out of research facilities.

Her then-husband, Mike Casey, said in 2001 that the couple made $13,500 from a greeting card photo shoot. He justified the prices by saying it was expensive to care for the chimps, who can live to be 50 to 60 years old.

Casey also said a chimp named Bo bit off the tip of his nose at the farm in 1992. He had surgery to reattach the tip, but "it didn't take."

He blamed himself for the attack, saying walking into the primate's cage with ice cream was like walking into someone's "living room" uninvited. Bo died in 1996.

Between 1984 and 2001, Casey said, Suzy had six babies. Sandra Herold of Stamford, Conn., bought Suzy's son, Travis, shortly after he was born. The chimp was 15 years old when he attacked Herold's best friend last week. Police shot and killed the primate.


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