The Info List - List Of Individual Apes

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This is a list of nonhuman apes of encyclopedic interest. It includes individual apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons) which are in some way famous or notable.


1 Actors and actresses 2 Artists 3 Science and exploration 4 Zoo notables 5 Circus use 6 As "politicians" 7 Pets 8 See also 9 References

Actors and actresses[edit]

Bam Bam, an orangutan, played Precious on the soap opera Passions.[1] Çarli (born 1993), a chimp, starred in the live-action movie The Jungle Book (1994) and in the Turkish television series Çarli before retiring to Monkey World
Monkey World
in Dorset, UK.[2] Manis, an orangutan, played Clyde in the Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
action-comedy film Every Which Way But Loose (1978), but not in the 1980 sequel Any Which Way You Can, as the "child actor" had outgrown his part. His successor died shortly after the film. C.J., an orangutan, played in the 1981 film Tarzan
the Ape
Man. Clara, a chimp, played Livingston in the movie comedy Delicatessen (1991).[3] Evie (short for Evolution), a chimp, played robot dog Muffit II in the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica television series.[4] J. Fred Muggs
J. Fred Muggs
(a chimp born 1952) was a "co-host" with Dave Garroway on NBC's Today Show in the 1950s. Jiggs, a chimpanzee, was the first Cheeta
in the Tarzan
films in the 1930s. Judy, a pet chimp of the family, was depicted in the 1960s CBS series Daktari. She also played Penny Robinson's alien chimp-like pet, Debbie, in the simultaneously running Lost in Space.[5] Kwanza (or Kwan), a gorilla, played Sidney in the romance movie Return to Me (2000) with Minnie Driver
Minnie Driver
and David Duchovny. Kwan resides at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
in Chicago.[6] Louie, a juvenile chimp actor, played on numerous music videos and TV commercials; he starred in the popular Carpet Monkey commercials in 2007 for Human Giant
Human Giant
on MTV. Louie retired to Little Rock Zoo with his brother Mikey in 2008. Louie died at the zoo in August 2011 from an immunodeficiency disorder, one week short of his seventh birthday. Mowgli, a chimp, was a guest on CNBC's Dennis Miller Live
Dennis Miller Live
and on Monk.[7] Napoleon and Sally were two chimps which starred in more than 40 shorts around 1916.[8] Oscar, a young chimpanzee, was the subject of a 2012 Disney documentary, Chimpanzee.[9] Pankun, a chimp, was featured in Japanese TV shows Tensai! Shimura Dobutsu-en (Genius! Shimura Zoo) and the TBS program Dobutsu Kiso Tengai! (Unbelievable Animals!) with bulldog James. Peggy, a chimp, played Bonzo in the 1951 movie comedy Bedtime for Bonzo, costarring Ronald Reagan.[10] She, and her understudy, died in a tragic zoo fire two weeks after release of her big film. Anonymous, sometimes known as his pseudonym Bonzo, acted in the film Bonzo Goes to College. Project X, a 1987 science fiction suspense-drama film about military animal experimentation, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starred Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, and a multitude of chimpanzee actors:[11]

Arthur—Winston Clafu—Spike Andy—Lulea Harry—Ginger Karanja—Goliath Sean—Spicer Lucy—Razzberry Luke—Bluebeard Lulu—Ethel Mousie—New Recruit Okko—Goofy Willie—Virgil (film's animal star)

Sam (born December 23, 1989, died December 24, 2010), an orangutan, played Dunston in the 1995 movie comedy Dunston Checks In; he was trained by Larry Madrid.[12] Zippy, a chimp, rollerskated on United States television in the 1950s.[13] Tango, an orangutan, played Suzanne in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).[14] Jonah and his twin, Jacob, both appeared as the chimp Pericles in 2001's Planet of the Apes, Trunk Monkey, and with Tango in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.[15] Mikey, a chimpanzee, appeared in the film Manchurian Candidate (2005), and on Saturday Night Live (2005) and the World Series of Poker (2006).[16] Travis (chimpanzee)
Travis (chimpanzee)
gained fame through parts he had in commercials ( Old Navy
Old Navy
and Coca-Cola) in the 2000s, but was shot by police following a brutal attack on a 55-year-old woman in Stamford, Connecticut.[17] Tanga, a chimpanzee, played Inga in Dario Argento's 1985 horror film Phenomena.[18]


Congo (1954–1964)—chimpanzee, abstract impressionist of the late 1950s Koko (born 1971)—gorilla, widely believed to be able to communicate with humans through sign language Michael (1973–2000)—silverback gorilla, impressionist painter, was taught American sign language
American sign language
with Koko Peter, aka Pierre Brassau, a chimpanzee, was the subject of a famous hoax through which the chimp's paintings were presented as the avant-garde works of unknown French (human) artist "Pierre Brassau".

Science and exploration[edit]

Abang (born 1966)—orangutan, taught to use and make a stone tool (cutting flake) Ai (born 1976)—chimpanzee, studied by scientists at Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University Bonnie—orangutan, began whistling (mimicking an animal caretaker), which is changing ideas about primate sound repertoires Chantek (1977-2017)—orangutan, involved with language research and ApeNet language-using great ape ambassador Clint—chimpanzee, source of DNA for Chimpanzee
Genome Project, Yerkes Primate Center[19] Cooper—chimpanzee, studied by Renato Bender and Nicole Bender for swimming and diving behavior in apes [20] Enos (died 1962)—chimpanzee, spacefaring, after Ham Flo (died 1972)—chimpanzee, key member of the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community studied by Jane Goodall; received an obituary in the Sunday Times Frodo (1976–2013)—chimpanzee, baby-eating "bully", attacked Jane Goodall and Gary Larson Gua—chimpanzee; raised as a child by the Drs. Kellogg alongside their son Donald Ham the Chimp
Ham the Chimp
(1956–1983)—chimpanzee; spacefaring, before Enos Jenny—orangutan, encountered and described by Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
in March 1838 at London Zoo.[21] Kanzi
(born 1980)—bonobo, involved with language research and tool invention, ApeNet language-using great ape ambassador Koko (born 1971)—gorilla, involved with sign language research and ApeNet language-using great ape ambassador Lana—chimpanzee, reared at Yerkes National Primate Research Center as part of its language analogue project Lucy—chimpanzee, cross-fostered and raised by University of Oklahoma psychotherapist Nim Chimpsky
Nim Chimpsky
(1973–2000)—chimpanzee, named after linguist Noam Chomsky Nyota (born 1998)—bonobo, Panbanisha's son Oliver the chimp—chimpanzee, the so-called "Missing Link", apparent "humanzee" Panbanisha—bonobo at the same research center as Kanzi Sarah (chimpanzee)—research primate whose cognitive skills are documented in The Mind of an Ape Sultan—chimpanzee, used in classic Kohler tool-use studies Suryia—orangutan, studied by Renato Bender and Nicole Bender for swimming and diving behavior in apes [20] Titus (1974–2009)—gorilla, an extensively observed silverback mountain gorilla Washoe (1965–2007)—chimpanzee, pioneer ape of hand-signing research

Zoo notables[edit]

Alfred the Gorilla
(1928-40) was the first Gorilla
In the U.K live in Bristol. Ah Meng
Ah Meng
(1960–2008) was a female Sumatran orangutan
Sumatran orangutan
and a tourism icon of Singapore. Bill (1946–2007), a long-lived chimpanzee, resided at Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California
Eureka, California
for 50 years.[22] Binti Jua, a gorilla, saved a boy in 1996. Bobo (1951–1968), a western lowland gorilla, lived in the Lowman family home in Anacortes, Washington
Anacortes, Washington
from his infancy until 1953, and then Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo
in Seattle
until his death. Bokito (born 1996), a silverback gorilla, escaped from the Blijdorp Zoo on May 18, 2007 and injured a woman. Bushman, a famous gorilla from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, died in 1951. While alive, he brought over 100 million visitors to the zoo; his taxidermic remains can now be seen at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.[23] Charles (born 1972), a wild-born silverback western lowland gorilla, resides at the Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo
and since 1974 has been renowned for his artwork. Charlie the Chimp (1958–2010), a chimpanzee in a South African Zoo, was taught to smoke and was able to walk upright.[24] Colo (1956–2017) was both the first gorilla born in captivity and, living to be 60, the oldest gorilla in captivity. She was born in the Columbus Zoo
Columbus Zoo
and lived there her entire life. Fifi, the matriarch of the chimpanzees at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, died on July 19, 2007 at age 60.[25] Gust (1952–1988) was a Congolese gorilla that became an icon of the Antwerp Zoo Guy the Gorilla
(1946–1978) was a famous gorilla in London Zoo. Harambe
(1999–2016) was a gorilla shot dead by the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure.[26] Jabari, a 300-lb gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, received national attention when, on Mar. 18, 2004, he escaped and attacked four people, including a toddler during a 40-minute rampage inside the jungle exhibit before being shot to death by police. He was the son of Charles the Gorilla.[27] Jambo
(1961–1992), a gorilla, cared for a boy who fell into his enclosure. Jenny (1953–2008), a western lowland gorilla, lived at the Dallas Zoo from 1957 until her death, and was the oldest gorilla in captivity at the time of her death. Jumoke (1989–2008)—western lowland gorilla and the granddaughter of Colo Ken Allen (1971–2000)— Bornean orangutan
Bornean orangutan
at the San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
known for his escape artistry Louie (chimpanzee) (2004–2011) — Louie was retired to the LRZ by his owners after a career in the entertainment industry. He was retired to LRZ with his older brother, Mikey. Massa (1930–1984) — silverback, one of the longest-lived gorilla ever recorded, and second-longest-lived male in captivity, died at age 54 Max (1971–2004) — gorilla in the Johannesburg Zoo, famously apprehended a criminal in 1997, getting shot twice in the process Pattycake (1972–2013), first baby gorilla born in New York, mother of 10, later died in captivity at Bronx Zoo Phil, a lowland gorilla in the Saint Louis Zoo. Arrived as a toddler on September 10, 1941 died as a 525 lb. silverback on December 1, 1958. Samson (1949–1981)—for many years the face of the Milwaukee County Zoo, one of the largest silverback gorillas on record, weighing 652 lbs in 1973[28] Santino, a male chimpanzee at Furuvik
zoo in Sweden, was notable for having the cognitive skills for forward planning (calmly collecting stones, and later throwing them at visitors). Sebastian—former resident of the animal orphanage near Nairobi National Park, Kenya, famous for smoking and not requiring a cage.[29] Snowflake (1964–2003), the only known albino lowland gorilla in history anywhere. Temara (born 1993), the first zoo-reared female Sumatran orangutan, was released into Bukit Tigapuluh National Park by Perth Zoo in 2006.[30] Timmy (gorilla) died at 52 as the oldest male gorilla in North America Willie B.
Willie B.
(1959–2000), a silverback gorilla kept in isolation for 27 years, became head of a troop and father of five. Yeroen, a chimpanzee at the Arnhem Zoo, was the star of de Waal's Chimpanzee

Circus use[edit]

Gargantua (1929–1949)—acid-scarred gorilla captured in the wild, performed in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Toto (1931–1968)—Gargantua's would-be mate

As "politicians"[edit]

Macaco Tião, a chimpanzee, had the habit of throwing excrement at visitors (including several politicians) to the Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Zoo. A satirical newspaper ran his candidature for Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
mayor in 1988, and he got 9.5% of the votes, just behind Marcello Alencar and César Maia.[32] Colossus the Gorilla
was a main attraction at Benson's Wild Animal Farm in Hudson, New Hampshire, who attempted to have Colossus put on the ballot in the 1980 New Hampshire Republican Presidential primary. The zoo tried to argue that the U.S. Constitution
U.S. Constitution
does not specify that a native-born candidate has to be human.[33]


Bubbles the chimpanzee—pet of entertainer Michael Jackson Scatter the chimpanzee—pet of entertainer Elvis Presley[34]

See also[edit]

List of individual monkeys List of fictional primates Monkeys in space Oldest apes


^ Free Bam Bam - Chicago Tribune ^ Monkey World
Monkey World
Rescue Centre ^ Clara on IMDb ^ Working with the Daggit of Battlestar Galactica on IMDb ^ Angela Cartwright - Interview ^ Return Favor ^ "Mowgli the Chimpanzee". Center for Great Apes. Archived from the original on 2012-06-11.  ^ Slide, Anthony (1998). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Routledge. p. 106.  ^ Disney Chimpanzee
Documentary Movie Review, Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall
Global Animal ^ A Salute to Peggy - TCM CLASSIC FILM UNION Blog post ^ Project X on IMDb ^ Sam (XVII) (1989–2010) on IMDb ^ Zippy The Chimp Ed Sullivan Show ^ Tango the Orangutan
- Center for Great Apes Resident Archived 2012-06-11 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Pets & Their People: Movie chimps train the stars. - Free Online Library ^ reviewjournal.com - News - Chips fall wrong way for chimp's poker hopes ^ "Woman in surgery 7 hours after chimp attack". 2009-02-21. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21.  ^ Phenomena (1985) - Trivia - IMDb ^ Caswell, J. L.; Mallick, S.; Richter, D. J.; Neubauer, J.; Schirmer, C.; Gnerre, S.; Reich, D. (2008). McVean, Gil, ed. "Analysis of Chimpanzee
History Based on Genome Sequence Alignments". PLoS Genetics. 4 (4): e1000057. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000057. PMC 2278377 . PMID 18421364.  ^ a b [1] ^ [2] ^ North Coast Journal July 26, 2007 : ON THE COVER : Saga of an Ape ^ Bushman, Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
gorilla died on New Year's Day in 1951 WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Archived 2013-05-13 at the Wayback Machine. ^ RealClearScience - RIP: Charlie the Smoking Chimp, 1958-2010 ^ Chimpanzee
matriarch dies in Sydney zoo - Los Angeles Times ^ "Cincinnati Zoo Devastated by Death of... - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-30.  ^ Gorilla
shot after escape at Dallas Zoo
Dallas Zoo
- US news NBC
News ^ Memories of Samson the Gorilla
Zoological Society of Milwaukee ^ Standard Digital News - Kenya : Magazines : Nairobi animal orphanage ^ Temara Perth Zoo ^ Apes In The Office: It's A Jungle In There - Chicago Tribune ^ David, F.; Jamel, A. "Fundação RIOZOO" (in Portuguese). Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 2013-02-13.  ^ Garnick, Darren. "Hillary Cried Here: An Unconventional Tourist Guide to the N.H. Primary". Tourist Guide to the N.H. Primary. The Atlantic. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  ^ 75 facts about Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
for his 75th The Sun Features

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Ape-related articles

Extant ape species

(Homo sapiens) Chimpanzee
(Pan spp.) Bonobo
(Pan paniscus) Common chimpanzee
Common chimpanzee
(Pan troglodytes) Gorilla
( Gorilla
spp.) Western gorilla
Western gorilla
( Gorilla
gorilla) Eastern gorilla
Eastern gorilla
( Gorilla
beringei) Orangutan
(Pongo spp.) Bornean orangutan
Bornean orangutan
(Pongo abelii) Sumatran orangutan
Sumatran orangutan
(Pongo pygmaeus) Tapanuli orangutan
Tapanuli orangutan
(Pongo tapanuliensis) Gibbon
(family: Hylobatidae)

Study of apes

language Dian Fossey Birutė Galdikas Jane Goodall Chimpanzee
genome project Human
genome project Neanderthal genome project Willie Smits Lone Drøscher Nielsen Ian Redmond Elgin Center Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary Borneo Orangutan

Legal and social status

Personhood Research ban Kinshasa Declaration Great Ape
Project Survival Project International Primate Day

See also

List of individual apes
List of individual apes
(non-human) Apes in space (non-human) Bigfoot Bushmeat Chimpanzee–human last common ancestor List of fictional primates (non-human) Great apes Human
evolution Monkey Day Mythic humanoids Yeren Yeti

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Kanzi Nyota Panbanisha


Ai Ayumu Bonzo Pierre Brassau Bubbles Cheeta Congo Enos Gregoire Gua Ham Jiggs Julius Kasakela Chimpanzee
Community Lana Little Mama Loulis Lucy Macaco Tião Matthew Hiasl Pan Mitumba Chimpanzee
Community Moja J. Fred Muggs Nim Chimpsky Oliver Pankun Santino Sarah Sultan Travis Viki Washoe


Alfred the Gorilla Babec Binti Jua Bobo Bokito Charles the Gorilla Colo Fatou Gargantua Guy the Gorilla Harambe Ivan Jambo Jenny Jumoke Koko Massa Max Michael Pattycake Pogo Shabani Snowflake Titus Trudy Toto Willie B.


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