Getting To Know Them Better

Born at a breeding facility in Miami, Kenya was pulled from her birth mother a few hours after she was born. After living as a pet in a human household in north Florida, she came to the Center when she was less than a year old and immediately began social interaction with other chimpanzees. She is very independent, exuberant, and gleeful, and she usually interacts with both humans and chimpanzees in a positive way.

Kenya is close to Noelle (her half-sister from the same breeder compound) and plays with her frequently during the day. However, In the past, occasionally the two females get into a “spat” (usually over who gets more blankets at night), and hand-slap each other until one runs away. Over time their relationship has grown to the point where they are very tolerant of each other.

Kenya frequently has a “play face” and often invites the other chimpanzees to play with her. When she was a juvenile, Kenya liked to roll around and somersault in the hay, “frog-hop” backwards, and dig in the sand with a shovel. She also loved water-play and would often jump right into the hose-spray while the caregivers tried to wash down the outdoor habitats. When she would see someone with the hose, she’d get one of her “kiddie pools”, carry it over to her caregiver, and wait for it to be filled with water. Then she would lie down in the water, twirl around in it, and even stick her entire head underwater to blow bubbles! Today, as a young adult, Kenya is a bit more reserved in her play, but still loves to splash in the water.

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Interesting Facts

  • Kenya is very skillful at manipulating objects and often fashions tools from sticks and toys. She has removed all moveable parts from most of her toys and has been successful in dismantling all types of climbing structures, swinging devices, and sleeping hammocks.
  • Once when a 6-foot alligator made its way into the sanctuary creek and sat right underneath the overhead trailways crossing the creek, Kenya helpfully spit at the alligator while the others in her group alarm-barked at it.
  • Kenya is an ambassador for her group which includes Brooks, Mowgli, Chipper, Natsu, and Noelle.


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