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 small retirement fund, the twins were sent to the Center for Great Apes in August 2004.

Jonah currently lives with Angel and Maggie and they all spend most of their time grooming each other.

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Interesting Facts

  • Jonah likes to paint on paper with nontoxic paints. Once, he and his brother Jacob got carried away with enthusiasm for their artistic expression and ended up painting each other!
  • Jonah is very talented at our enrichment activity “reach treats”. His favorite foods are mango and baked white potatoes.
  • He is very proficient with husbandry training and quite enjoys it.


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.

Can't Adopt?

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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