List of non-human apes

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

"Note:" This list does not include monkeys, fictional apes, or humans.

Ape actors

* Çarli — chimp; starred in the live-action movie "The Jungle Book" (1994) and in the Turkish television series "Çarli" before retiring to Monkey World, Dorset, UK.
* Cheeta (born 1932) — chimp; played himself in the Hollywood Tarzan films of the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in the 1967 movie "Doctor Dolittle", starring Rex Harrison. As of 2007, Cheeta is the oldest primate aside from man ever recorded. (In the original novels and the 1970s animated series, Tarzan’s sidekick was a monkey named N'kima)
* C.J. (or Manis; sources differ) — orangutan; played Clyde in the Clint Eastwood action-comedy films "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978) and "Any Which Way You Can" (1980).
* Clair — chimp; played Livingston in the movie "Delicatessen" (1991).
* Evie (short for Evolution) — chimp; played robot dog Daggit in the original 1979 "Battlestar Galactica" television series.
* J. Fred Muggs (born 1952) — chimp; "co-host" with Dave Garroway on NBC's Today Show in the 1950s.
* Kwanza (aka Kwan) — gorilla; played "Sidney" in movie "Return to Me" (2000) with Minnie Driver & David Duchovny. Kwan currently lives at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
* Mowgli — chimp; guest on CNBC's "Dennis Miller Live" and on Monk
* Pankun — chimp; featured in Japanese TV shows "Tensai! Shimura Dobutsu-en" (aka Genius! Shimura Zoo) and the TBS program "Dobutsu Kiso Tengai!" (Unbelievable Animals!) with bulldog James .
* Peggy — chimp; played Bonzo in the 1951 movie comedy "Bedtime for Bonzo", co-starring Ronald Reagan. Sequel, "Bonzo Goes to College"
* "Project X" ape actors — This 1987 film, a science fiction suspense-drama about military animal experimentation, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starred Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, and a multitude of ape actors:
** Arthur — chimp; played Winston
** Clafu — chimp; played Spike
** Harry — chimp; played Ginger
** Karanja — chimp; played Goliath
** Lucy — chimp; played Razzberry
** Luke — chimp; played Bluebeard
** Lulu — chimp; played Ethel
** Mousie — chimp; played New Recruit
** Okko — chimp; played Goofy
** Willie — chimp; played Virgil (film's animal star)
* Sam (born 1989) — orangutan; played Dunston in the 1996 movie comedy "Dunston Checks In"; trained by Larry Madrid
* Zippie — chimp; rollerskater (U.S. television in the 1950s)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).

Ape artists

* Cheeta (born 1932) — chimpanzee, retired actor from Tarzan movies, still painting in Palm Springs, California.
* Congo — chimpanzee, abstract impressionist of the late 1950s.
* Koko (born 1971) — gorilla, said to communicate with humans through American Sign Language.
* Michael (19732000) — silverback gorilla, impressionist painter that is said to have been taught American Sign Language by Koko.

Scientific apes

* Ai (born 1976) — chimpanzee; studied by scientists at Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
* 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
* Ham the Chimp (19561983) — 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 (19732000) — chimpanzee; named after linguist Noam Chomsky
* Nyota (born 1998) — bonobo; Pananisha'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
* Sultan — chimpanzee; used in classic Kohler tool-use studies
* Washoe — chimpanzee; hand-signing

Zoo apes

* Ah Meng (circa 18 June 19608 February 2008) — female Sumatran Orangutan and a tourism icon of Singapore
* Binti Jua — gorilla who saved a human boy in 1996
* 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" (19642003) — 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 (19461978) - was a famous gorilla in London Zoo
* Jambo (19611992) — gorilla who cared for a boy in who fell into his enclosure
* Massa (19301984) — silverback, longest lived gorilla ever recorded, died at age 54
* Max (19712004) — gorilla in the Johannesburg Zoo who famously apprehended a criminal in 1997, getting shot twice in the process
* Sebastian — former resident of the animal orphanage near Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Famous for smoking and not requiring a cage
* Willie B. (19592000) — 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 (19291949) — acid-scarred gorilla captured in the wild who performed in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
* Toto (19311968) — 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

* Macaco Tião — a chimpanzee who had the habit of throwing excrement at visitors (including several politicians) to the Rio de Janeiro Zoo. A satirical newspaper ran his candidature for Rio de Janeiro Mayor in 1988, and he got 9.5% of the votes, just behind Marcello Alencar and César Maia.

Pet apes

* Bubbles the chimpanzee — pet of entertainer Michael Jackson
* Scatter the chimpanzee — pet of entertainer Elvis Presley

ee also

* List of fictional apes (and some other primates)
* List of monkeys
* Monkeys in space


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