The Humane Society of the United States has just finished an art contest judging the artwork of chimpanzees. According to the organization's website, the Chimpanzee Art contest counted over 27,000 public votes to determine which lucky primate would emerge victorious. The winner was Brent, a 37-year-old that's lived at the Chimp Haven wildlife sanctuary since 2006. The facility will receive a $10,000 grant thanks to his art-world win.
The $5,000 second-place prize goes to the home of Cheetah, a former lab chimp that now resides at the Save the Chimps facility in Florida. The Center for Great Apes will receive a $2,500 grant thanks to the colorful third-place finish of Ripley — a former acting ape that eventually landed at the Center after escaping from a zoo. Aside from the public vote, however, there was also a judged contest headed up by none other than Dr. Jane Goodall — and it was a shocker. Dr. Goodall went against public sentiment, awarding the $5,000 judged award to Cheetah, and taking Save the Chimp's winnings up to a full $10,000 in the process.
Despite not coming out on top, the other three contestants — Jamie, Jenny, and Patti — will all be taking $500 to their respective homes for participating in the event. The individual pieces of art themselves will also be auctioned off later this year on eBay, with all proceeds going to the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance. "All of the art was beautiful and unique, just like chimpanzees!" Dr. Goodall said in a statement. "It was difficult to choose. It's so important that the public support all of these sanctuaries in their mission to provide exceptional care to chimpanzees, and other primates, who have suffered through so much."