Date of Birth: CAPTURED IN AFRICA (estimated birth in 1928)
Boyd was one of 16 chimps that were presented as a gift to the Anthropoid Research Station by the "Pastoria" station of the Pasteur Institute in Kindia, French Guinea. Henry Nissen brought Boyd, 4 other males and 11 females back from Africa on June 17, 1930.
Date of Death: presumed dead in 1932
Boyd was transferred to John F. Fulton's physiology laboratory at Yale on June 29, 1932 to be used in a neurological experiment. Fulton was interested in surgically altering the brain and observing behavioral changes. His frontal lobe ablation studies are often cited as precursors to the use of lobotomies in humans to alter behavior. There are no records of Boyd after the transfer. He was approximately 4 years old when he went to Fulton's lab.