Max was one of the first chimpanzees to arrive at Sweetwaters. He spent his first years with a French film crew from whom he was confiscated in 1990. Over the years, Max has learned a thing or two about how to get the attention of visitors, and has become famous for his spontaneous screaming episodes and tantrums. When he really tries to make a point, he will pick up rocks and sticks and throw them at people.
After visiting the Sanctuary, a lot of our guests kept asking if they could adopt Max, prompting us to add him to our adoption programme. At age 36 Max is mostly toothless and has his food specially prepared by our caregivers. He recently had a health check and got the remaining back teeth fixed. These days, Max spends most of his time enjoying the new enrichment structures at the enclosure where he uses sticks to fish for honey and jam.