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Images: Chimpanzee Art Contest Winners Revealed in Photos

Brent

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(Image credit: Chimp Haven.)

Brent is a chimpanzee who lives at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. Brent is 37 years old and has lived at Chimp Haven since 2006. He is protective of Grandma, Chimp Haven's oldest resident. He loves to laugh and play. Brent paints only with his tongue. His unique approach and style, while a little unorthodox, results in beautiful pieces of art.

Brent's tongue-painting creation won the popular vote in an art contest conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in August 2013. Here are the other winners and contestants. [Read full story on the chimp art contest]

Artwork by Brent

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(Image credit: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS.)

Artwork by Brent, a chimpanzee at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. Brent is 37 years old and has lived at Chimp Haven since 2006. He is protective of Grandma, Chimp Haven's oldest resident. He loves to laugh and play. Brent paints only with his tongue. His unique approach and style, while a little unorthodox, results in beautiful pieces of art.

Cheetah

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(Image credit: Save the Chimps.)

Cheetah is a chimpanzee who lives at Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, Fla. The Artist formerly known as Cheetah: Cheetah, estimated to be born in the 1970's, lived alone in a laboratory for 13 years and endured over 400 over biopsies. He was rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002 and has since discovered his passion for painting.

Artwork by Cheetah

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(Image credit: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS.)

Artwork by Cheetah, a chimpanzee at Save the Chimps in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Cheetah, estimated to be born in the 1970's, lived alone in a laboratory for 13 years and endured over 400 over biopsies. He was rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002 and has since discovered his passion for painting.

Ripley

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(Image credit: Center for Geat Apes.)

Ripley is a chimpanzee who lives at Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Fla. Like many chimpanzees used as actors, Ripley was eventually dumped in a roadside zoo. There, he witnessed the shooting death of his brother and two other chimp companions after human error resulted in the chimpanzees’ escape. Ripley found sanctuary at Center for Great Apes and impresses his caretakers with his resilience and forgiveness.

Artwork by Ripley

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(Image credit: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS.)

Artwork by Ripley, a chimpanzee at Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Fla. Like many chimpanzees used as actors, Ripley was eventually dumped in a roadside zoo. There, he witnessed the shooting death of his brother and two other chimp companions after human error resulted in the chimpanzees’ escape. Ripley found sanctuary at Center for Great Apes and impresses his caretakers with his resilience and forgiveness.

Patti

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(Image credit: Chimps, Inc.)

Patti is a chimpanzee who lives at Chimps, Inc. in Bend, Ore. Patti was born September 11, 1982 at Marine World Africa USA in Vallejo, California. Raised by humans and made to perform for crowds of people, she retired in June of 1996 when Chimps Inc. opened its doors to provide her with a lifelong home where she enjoys her chimp family.

Artwork by Patti

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(Image credit: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS.)

Patti was born Sept. 11, 1982 at Marine World Africa USA in Vallejo, California. Raised by humans and made to perform for crowds of people, she retired in June of 1996 when Chimps Inc. opened its doors to provide her with a lifelong home where she enjoys her chimp family.

Jenny

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(Image credit: Primate Rescue Center.)

Jenny is a chimpanzee who lives at Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, Ky. Jenny was born on May 19, 1995, at LEMSIP, a former biomedical research laboratory in New York. In 1996, Jenny was rescued by the Primate Rescue Center and now spends her days playing with her 10 chimpanzee friends, or napping on a platform in the evening with her favorite treats.

Artwork by Jenny

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(Image credit: Meredith Lee/For the HSUS.)

Artwork by Jenny, a chimpanzee at Primate Rescue Center in Nicolasville, Ky. Jenny was born on May 19, 1995, at LEMSIP, a former biomedical research laboratory in New York. In 1996, Jenny was rescued by the Primate Rescue Center and now spends her days playing with her 10 chimpanzee friends, or napping on a platform in the evening with her favorite treats.

Jamie

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(Image credit: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.)

Jamie is a chimpanzee who lives at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. Jamie is the boss of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. She has a very active mind and loves activities, which include occasional art projects. She often prefers non-traditional surfaces for her work such as toys and walls. It is difficult to imagine how she survived the years of boredom and fear in biomedical research.