Date of Birth: Estimated 1900
Jimmy was purchased by Madam Rosalia Abreu of Cuba when he was about twelve years old from an animal trainer who exhibited him on stage throughout Europe. Pierre Abreu gave Jim and 9 other chimps to the YLPB on May 13, 1931 after the death of his mother. Jimmy was thought to be originally from Sierra Leone.
Date of Death: November 28, 1935
On May 14, 1931 Jimmy was transferred to the Philadelphia Zoological Garden, where in 1935, he was "found dead on his big hay nest in the middle of the cage." At that time he was believed to be the oldest chimpanzee in captivity. Jim was approximately 35 years old when he died.
Children: Anuma (with Cucusa on April 27, 1915 in Havana, Cuba, the first chimpanzee born in captivity in the New World), Lita (with Mona on January 23, 1923) and Cuba (with Mona) both in Cuba.
Also Known: Mme. Abreu and Yerkes described Jimmy as untrustworthy and unfriendly. Yerkes wrote that Mme. Abreu believed that "his obvious dislike for her and his persistent attempts to injure her are due to the circumstances of change of ownership and environment. This does not seem incredible, for the animal doubtless preferred his exciting stage life to the less eventful life in captivity which he has experienced since being brought to Havana."