Galatea enjoys doing pirouettes when excited
Soona is very curious, intelligent and cheeky
Zombi can be playful but is also very calm
Zwala is quick and extremely acrobatic
Boyd is a wise old soul who takes everything in his stride
Tsotsi is very cheeky and likes to be the boss
Sandali jumps up and down when he gets excited
Gombe loves games and has great sense of humour
Geographical Region: Africa
Chimpanzees live in very tight communities and have very close family bonds. They are highly intelligent and this can be seen by their tool use, medicinal plant use and formation of distinct cultures
Since 1990, the wild Common Chimpanzee population has decreased by approximately 90%. their greatest threats are habitat loss, hunting for bushmeat and the pet trade.
Foraging for food is the main daytime activity of a wild chimpanzee. Chimps mostly eat fruit but will also eat leaves, seeds, flowers, insects and small mammals. Our chimpanzees' diet includes a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, peanuts, seeds, popcorn and puffed cereal.
Chimpanzees in the wild spend more than half of their life sleeping and resting, using leaves and branches to make a nest in a tree. Our chimpanzees build nests on elevated platofrms with material such as hay, shredded paper and hessian bags, and may be seen resting throughout the day.
Grooming is a major part of a wild chimpanzees' life. It serves mainly a social function, helping to strength relationships and bonds between animals.
Travel and Range
Chimpanzees in the wild spend about 1/5th of their day travelling. They live in a range of around 5km2 in rich rainforest, and much further in less fertile habitat. Our chimpanzees have the largest exhibit in Australia, with many climbing opportunities as well as space for the males to patrol their territory as they would in the wild.
Chimpanzees life in communities numbering up to 120 animals, who share a common home range but rarely assemble in a single troup. We are part of a breeding program with the aim of developing a similar social structure to wild chimpanzees.
Wild chimpanzees use as many as 54 different tools, such as sticks and stones for cracking nuts, twigs to probe for honey and insects, and leaves to sponge up drinking water. Different communities use different tools. This information is passed on through generations and becomes part of the culture of that particular community.
The Big Chimp House Documentary
Filmmaker ROBI WATT is currently making a documentary with Zoos SA, which follows the journey of our eight chimps as they start a new life in Australia.