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This is a list of non-human apes of encyclopedic interest. It includes individual apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and gibbons) who are in some way famous or notable.


Ape actors

Ape actors also appear in the movies Going Ape! (1981), Ed (1996), MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).

  • Mikey - chimpanzee. Manchurian Candidate (2005), Saturday Night Live (2005) World Series of Poker (2006)

Ape artists

Scientific apes

  • Ai (born 1976) — chimpanzee; studied by scientists at Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
  • Bonnie — orangutan; began whistling (mimicking an animal caretaker), which is changing ideas about primate sound repertoires.
  • Chantek (born 1977) — orangutan; involved with language research and ApeNet language-using great ape ambassador
  • Clint — chimpanzee; source of DNA for Chimpanzee Genome Project, Yerkes Primate Center
  • Donald — chimpanzee; source of DNA for Chimpanzee genome project
  • Enos (died 1962) — chimpanzee; spacefaring, after Ham
  • Frodo — chimpanzee; baby-killing "bully", who has attacked Jane Goodall and Gary Larson
  • Gon — chimpanzee; source of DNA for Chimpanzee genome project
  • Gua — chimpanzee; raised as a child by the Drs. Kellogg alongside their son Donald.
  • Ham the Chimp (1956–1983) — chimpanzee; spacefaring, before Enos
  • Kanzi (born 1980) — bonobo; involved with language research and tool invention; ApeNet language-using great ape ambassador
  • Koko (born 1971) — gorilla; involved with sign language research and ApeNet language-using great ape ambassador
  • Lucy — chimpanzee; cross-fostered and raised by University of Oklahoma psychotherapist
  • Nim Chimpsky (1973–2000) — chimpanzee; named after linguist Noam Chomsky
  • Nyota (born 1998) — bonobo; Panbanisha's son
  • Oliver the chimp — chimpanzee; the so-called "Missing Link", apparent "humanzee"
  • Panzee and Panbanisha — chimpanzee & bonobo; at the same research center as Kanzi
  • Sarah (chimpanzee) — research primate whose cognitive skills are documented in The Mind of an Ape
  • Sultan — chimpanzee; used in classic Kohler tool-use studies
  • Titus (born 1974) — gorilla; an extensively observed silverback Mountain Gorilla
  • Washoe (1965-2007) — chimpanzee; pioneer ape of hand-signing research

Zoo apes

  • Ah Meng (circa 18 June 1960 — 8 February 2008) — female Sumatran Orangutan and a tourism icon of Singapore
  • Bill (1946-2007) - long-lived Chimpanzee who resided at Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California for over fifty years
  • Binti Jua — gorilla who saved a human boy in 1996
  • Bobo (1951–1968) – western lowland gorilla who lived in the Lowman family home in Anacortes, Washington from his infancy until 1953 and then Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle until his death
  • Bokito (born 1996) — silverback gorilla that escaped the Blijdorp Zoo on May 18, 2007 and injured a woman
  • Charlie the Chimp — chimpanzee in a South African Zoo who smokes and can walk upright
  • Colo (born 1956) — first gorilla born in captivity
  • Copito de Nieve aka "Snowflake" (1964–2003) — only albino gorilla known to have existed; most famous resident of the Barcelona Zoo
  • Fifi — Matriarch of the chimpanzees at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, died on July 19, 2007 at age 60
  • Guy the Gorilla (1946–1978) - was a famous gorilla in London Zoo
  • Idi Amin (Age 36) - The lone gorilla from Brazil, lives alone on the Belo Horizonte, Brazil Zoo
  • Jambo (1961–1992) — gorilla who cared for a boy who fell into his enclosure
  • Jenny (1953–2008) – western lowland gorilla who lived at the Dallas Zoo from 1957 until her death and was the oldest gorilla in captivity at the time of her death
  • Massa (1930–1984) — silverback, longest lived gorilla ever recorded, died at age 54
  • Max (1971–2004) — gorilla in the Johannesburg Zoo who famously apprehended a criminal in 1997, getting shot twice in the process
  • Santino, a male chimpanzee at Furuvik zoo in Sweden. Notable for having the cognitive skills for forward planning (calmly collecting stones, and later throwing them at visitors)
  • Sebastian — former resident of the animal orphanage near Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Famous for smoking and not requiring a cage
  • Willie B. (1959–2000) — silverback gorilla kept in isolation for 27 years, became head of a troop and father of five
  • Yeroen — chimpanzee at the Arnhem Zoo, star of de Waal's "Chimpanzee Politics"

Circus apes

  • Gargantua (1929–1949) — acid-scarred gorilla captured in the wild who performed in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • Toto (1931–1968) — Gargantua's would-be mate
  • Trudy (chimpanzee) — Also known as 'Little Alice', this chimpanzee was put through torture before she was retired at Monkey World, Dorset

Ape politicians

Pet apes

See also



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