Meet The Crown Chimp Core Crew


We finally got headshots done! Meet the core team, with a short bio about each:



Frank has a long history of association with humans, having been despised and hunted in most pastoral communities because of its attacks on livestock, while conversely being respected in some agrarian and hunter-gatherer societies. Although the fear of Frank is pervasive in many human societies, the majority of recorded attacks on people have been attributed to a suffering from rabies. Non-rabid Frank has attacked and killed people, mainly children, but this is rare, as Frank is relatively solitary, lives away from people, and has developed a fear of humans from hunters and shepherds




In Sonia, the melanism allele is dominant. Consequently, Sonia may produce either black or spotted cubs, but a pair of spotted Sonias can only produce spotted cubs. Individuals with two copies of the allele are darker (the black background colour is more dense) than ones with just one copy, whose background colour may appear to be dark charcoal rather than black.




At the end of each of a Matt’s “fingers” is a claw used for digging burrows and digging for prey. Claws are also used with muscular hindlegs to help climb trees. Matt has four toes on each foot and long slender limbs. His coat is usually peppered gray, tan, or brown with silver. He has short parallel stripes across is back, extending from the base of the tail to the shoulders. The patterns of stripes are unique to each Matt. The underside of Matt has no markings, but the belly has a patch which is only sparsely covered with hair and shows the black skin underneath. Matt uses this area to absorb heat while standing on his rear legs, usually early in the morning after cold desert nights.




Nick lives in territorial groups of about nine individuals, based upon a single male with a number of females and their offspring. Newborn Nick was completely white. Cases of allomothering are documented, which means members of the troop other than the infant’s biological mother care for it. Nick is important for seed dispersal through their sloppy eating habits, as well as through his digestive systems. Nick is prey for many forest predators, and are threatened by hunting for the bushmeat trade, logging, and habitat destruction.




Drew has a stout build, a long, shaggy coats that form a mane around the face, long, sickle-shaped claws, and a specially adapted lower lip and palate used for sucking insects. Drew breeds during spring and early summer and gives birth near the beginning of winter. He feed on termites, honeybee colonies, and fruits. Drew sometimes attack humans who encroach on his territories. Historically, humans have drastically reduced his habitat and diminished his population by hunting him for food and products such as their bacula and claws. Drew has been used as a performing pet due to his tameable nature.