Date of Birth: CAPTURED IN AFRICA (estimated birth in 1926)
Sela was one of 16 chimps that were presented as a gift to the Anthropoid Research Station by the "Pastoria" station of the Pasteur Insitute in Kindia, French Guinea. Henry Nissen brought Sela, 5 males and 10 other females back from Africa on June 17, 1930.
Date of Death: December 10, 1931
Sela was transferred to John F. Fulton's physiology laboratory at Yale on May 4, 1931. 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. Sela died of tuberculosis. She was approximately 5 years old.