Sarasota-Based Chimp and Lion Star in “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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Big Cat Habitat

Moviegoers watching the new Leonardo DiCaprio film "The Wolf of Wall Street" will see two locals among the cast: a chimpanzee and a lion that live at a Sarasota County wildlife sanctuary.

The Herald-Tribune reports that Chance, a 4-year-old chimpanzee, and Handsome, a lion, play exotic pets brought into the offices of an out-of-control stockbroker in the movie. In real life, the two are among several working animals residing at the Big Cat Habitat animal sanctuary.

Money earned from appearances by the sanctuary's lions, tigers, and birds in films and commercials goes to support the nonprofit, which also houses many non-working animals.

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