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The chimpanzees in Bossou
TUAadult in1976 male
'greeting in manon'
Tua was the alpha-male until the summer of 1996. He is the oldest male in Bossou. Despite his age, he is still very active especially when an estrous female is around!
VELUadult in 1976 female
Velu has had four offspring,
none of whom have remained in Bossou.
She likes to take life slowly in her old age, and enjoys nothing more than spending an afternoon feeding and resting in the company of Yo.
JIREadult in 1976 female
'meaning path in manon'
Jire has had seven offspring and is the most beautiful of the Bossou females. She is well respected by all community members. She is probably one of the best mothers due to her relaxed manner and caring nature.
JEJEborn in 1997 male
JEJE is a quiet, sensible and chilled out young male.
This does not stop him, however, protecting his mother whenever necessary, even if this means having to confront fully grown adult males.
JOYAborn in 2004 female
'meaning become calm in manon'
Joya is a very inquisitive infant who enjoys exploring and playing;
she is starting to develop some of her mother's confidence and charm.
PAMAadult in 1976 female
has had 5 offspring and is a very caring mother.
She is a favourite among the males, but is also a regular target of their aggression! Pama has lost the use of her left eye, a handicap which she always had ever since the early days of research at Bossou in the 19070's.
PELEYborn in 1998 male
'meaning village in manon'
He is a very naughty chimpanzee who enjoys provoking others, especially females and human observers. He is a constant source of amusement to both members of his community and researchers alike.
YOadult in 1976 female
'manon for the local palm wine'
Old and charismatic, Yo is the dominant female of the Bossou community despite her age. She is suspected to have immigrated into the Bossou community. Since her arrival she has reared five offspring.
FANAadult in 1976 female
'meaning brush in manon'
Fana has to date successfully raised three infants.
Her left shoulder is dislocated, but she is still able to continue her daily activities. She is timid and is quite often bullied by the oldest male Tua.
FOAFborn in 1980 male
FOAF was the alpha-male of the Bossou community from 1998 until spring of 2004. He has a strong alliance with Tua, but spends most of his time with his favorite adult female, PAMA, especially when she is in estrous. His attempts to entice her to join him on consortships have nevertheless recently been hampered by YOLO, the new alpha male of the community.
FANLEborn in 1997 female
She gave birth to FLANLE at the young age of 9 years and 11 months old. She is a good first time mother and a keen tool-user, thus a good model for her infant.
FLANLEborn in 2007 male
He is already proving to be very curious and exploratory in his behavior.