Getting To Know Them Better

Twins Jonah and Jacob were born in Oklahoma at a drive-through wildlife park where they were pulled from their mother and sold to a California trainer for the entertainment business. They both worked in movies, television shows, and advertisements. Jonah starred with Mark Wahlberg in the 2001 version of the Planet of the Apes and along with his twin brother worked in the original “Trunk Monkey” commercials. When they were only eight years old they were considered too dangerous to continue to be worked in the Hollywood business. So, with the aid of the Animal Actors Guild and a retirement fund, the twins were sent to the Center for Great Apes in August 2004

Jonah’s current companions are Angel, Maggie, and occasionally Bella and Ellie. They play, but spend most of their time grooming each other.   His favorite foods are mango and baked white potatoes.

Jonah likes to paint with nontoxic paints, and years ago, he and his twin brother Jacob got so carried away with enthusiasm for their artistic expression that they ended up painting each other!

He is very smart and proficient with his husbandry training.  Jonah participates in his own daily health checks by eagerly cooperating with his caregivers and vet staff when they take his blood pressure, heart rate, and even ultrasounds.

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Interesting Facts

  • Jonah was born February 15, 1996 and is Jacob’s twin brother
  • Jonah is also a sibling of Murray (his older brother) and Ellie (his sister). Jonah’s father, Joe, arrived at the sanctuary 15 years after Jonah moved here.
  • He is very sensitive but has his silly moments and “chimp-laughs” often!


It costs $22,000 a year to care for one of our apes. By symbolically adopting the ape of your choice for a one-time donation of $300 OR just $25 a month for one year, you are helping ensure the health, safety, and well-being of your orangutan or chimpanzee.

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In addition to cash donations, the Center for Great Apes is always in need of food, enrichment items, and supplies. We welcome gifts of all kinds.


Want to know what we need? We have a list of things we would like to have.

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