She was born at a private zoo. She was rejected by her mother Jane and was hand reared by one of the zoo's keepers Jeremy Keeling.
In 1987, Amy went with Jeremy to Monkey World after it was opened by him and Jim Cronin and became the first orangutan at the park. When she was older, Amy was paired with Banghi, with whom she had Gordon on 9 December 1997.
However, due to not being raised by her own mother, Amy rejected Gordon, who was hand reared by Jeremy and a fellow Monkey World keeper named Mike Coburn. A year later, Banghi died from a long term illness. Around this time, Jeremy attempted to have Amy bound with Gordon. After a year of attempts, mother and son finally bounded. Over the next few years, Amy and Gordon were joined by orangutans from a rescue centre in Taiwan; RoRo, Lucky, Hsio-Quai, Hsio-Lan and Tuan.
In 2008, Amy mated with Tuan and had a daughter with him. Sadly, the baby passed away a day later.
Currently, Amy lives in a group with Gordon and Hsiao-Lan. In 2009, Amy became a grandmother after Gordon fathered a son named Jin with Hsio-Quai.