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Lubutu
Has a close rapport with a few favourite staff. Good natured and excitable. Quick to show fear in response to unusual circumstances. Shows great tolerance of and interacts well with infants. Is currently the alpha male of the group.
Shabani
Has begun to support his younger brother Samaki when in conflict with females, still very cautious to instigate conflict with Lubutu however will redirect aggression to females.
Lulu
Enjoys high social status but is hampered by lack of mobility (left arm) and so can be a target for harassment. She is the most people-orientated of the adults and can very affectionate with favourite staff members. Lulu does has definite mood swings but these seem to have mellowed a bit as she has aged.
Lisa
Powerful and confident in herself. Rarely starts altercations but quick to come to the aid of her son Lubutu or daughter Lani, and then happy to see altercation through to the end.
Spitter
Excellent maternal behaviour, very family-orientated. Was previously an active political player but has suffered as a result of the intimidation of grandson, Sandali. Selectively interactive with keepers she knows. Sometimes spits accurately at keepers if frustrated. Will stand up for herself when being intimidated by younger males.
Sasha
Nervous and fearful when the subject of male dominance, suffers from campaign of intimidation from Lubutu and as a result a target for the younger males. Often becoming hysterical in response to it. Likes to be close to her mother Spitter for protection.
Shiba
Independent, tough. On the outside of the main political power in the group but respectful due to her individual strength of character. A loner. She usually does not seek out the company of any of the group save her family. Very attentive to Sembi and will come to her aid immediately, putting herself in harms way.
Koko
On the outside of the political power, but always looking for advancement and opportunity to dominate individuals. Often instigates altercations for this reason. Generally intolerant of the infants. Often bites off more than she can chew and then desperately solicits help from anyone. Often ignored. Very supportive of her daughter Kamili.
Samaki
Very confident with his size when confronting females, however not confident against males. Appears to be playing both sides, supporting Lubutu and instigating play whilst still supporting his family when needed.
Lani
Only female infant. Confident individual. Enjoys high status due to family. A bit aloof from the other juveniles.
Lani
Only female infant. Confident individual. Enjoys high status due to family. A bit aloof from the other juveniles.
Sembe
Very family orientated chimp, often stays close to mum. Shows the same strong personality characteristics represented by her family. Often seen interacting with Sule in a dominating manner.
Sule
Good natured, very playful and is often the first to provide comfort and reconciliation to others in the group. Likes it interact with keepers and likes to get involved when males are displaying, often seen displaying himself. Enjoys his own company. Is the best looking chimp baby we have ever had in the group
Chimbuka
Had a tough adolescence due to death of mother when he was five. Using his body size and strength, he has revelled in his new-found power over females. Has an excitable personality and often finds situations overwhelming and makes bad choices when choosing to display. Currently is seeking to attach himself to Lubutu and is enjoying a good relationship with him.
Chimpanzee Community Family Tree
Taronga's Chimpanzee dates back over eight decades and has a complex family and political structure.
Furahi
Beginning to bulk up and is starting to push bounderies, harassing females and has on occassion joined in when males are displaying, usually targeting Shona or Sacha. Has a close bond with his mother. Still quite playful with babies and Lubutu
Lubutu
Has a close rapport with a few favourite staff. Good natured and excitable. Quick to show fear in response to unusual circumstances. Shows great tolerance of and interacts well with infants. Is currently the alpha male of the group.