Pamela Rosaire Zoppe
Pamela Rosaire Zoppe is larger than life. Through her rough and tough exterior and hilarious, biting wit, shines a woman with passion, determination and a bond so deep with her chimps that it’s easy to forget they are wild and dangerous animals. She is the only woman in the world willing and capable of handling adult chimpanzees.
Pam is all too aware that she puts her life on the line on a daily basis being in such close contact with these powerful and unpredictable animals. But she mothers and loves them like her kids and will do anything to protect them. Pamela and her husband, Roger Zoppe, have the last traveling chimpanzee act in the United States.
Roger Zoppe, her husband is a retired acrobat and bareback rider, is father to their brood of chimps and their 27 year old daughter, Dallas. Roger isn’t afraid of wearing his emotions on his sleeve which is part of his endearing charm. He’s quick to laugh and quicker to cry and never looses his sense of humor. On the dangers of working with adult chimpanzees, Roger says with a laugh, “If you don’t like gettin’ beat up, this really isn’t the business you want to be in.”
Dallas Zoppe was born and raised in the circus and grew up with chimpanzees as her brothers and sisters. She began performing at age 6 in Pam and Roger’s bareback riding act. By the time she was 12, she was a skilled dancer and hula hoop artist and was already considered a seasoned performer working with chimpanzees, horses, elephants and dogs.