Saga of an Ape — The surprising true story of the late Bill the Chimp 

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Bill during his last days. Photo by Gretchen Ziegler.
Bill and Pepe perform in their popular circus acts. Photos courtesy of Willy Lenz.
Bill and Pepe perform in their popular circus acts. Photos courtesy of Willy Lenz.
Bill and Pepe perform in their popular circus acts. Photos courtesy of Willy Lenz.
Bill and Pepe perform in their popular circus acts. Photos courtesy of Willy Lenz.
Bill retires after his final boxing match. Humboldt Standard, 1957
Bill on a bike. Humboldt Standard, 1957
Willy Lenz and Bill embrace. Humboldt Standard, 1957
Bill gently grooms his keeper’s toes. Photo by Jan Roletto.
Junior Zookeepers watching Bill. Photo by Gretchen Ziegler.
Bill meets Jane Goodall. Photos by Gretchen Ziegler.
Bill painting, one of his favorite pastimes. Photo by Jan Roletto.
Gretchen Ziegler at an impromptu memorial to Bill. photo by Jan Roletto.
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Bill during his last days. Photo by Gretchen Ziegler.

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