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January 22, 2014
Founder and Director, Center for Great Apes
Patti Ragan, founder and director of the Center for Great Apes, started her career as a teacher on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades.
In 1990, Patti was asked to assist with the care of an ill infant orangutan. After learning that the orangutan was to be sold privately to a circus trainer, and that no accredited AZA zoo or sanctuary would be able to take him, Patti set out to establish a long-term care program that would provide a permanent home for great apes… specifically those coming from the entertainment industry and exotic pet trade.
In 1993, Patti founded the Center for Great Apes. A staff of 22 dedicated employees and numerous volunteers manage the rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent care of 45 great ape residents on over 100 acres of woods and orange groves.
Please join us for an evening with Patti, who will share some of her powerful experiences working with these magnificent great apes.
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