List of individual apes
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- Bam Bam, an orangutan, played Precious on the soap opera Passions.
- Çarli (1993–), a chimp, starred in the live-action movie The Jungle Book (1994) and in the Turkish television series Çarli before retiring to Monkey World in Dorset, UK.
- C.J. (or Manis; sources differ), an orangutan, played Clyde in the Clint Eastwood action-comedy film Every Which Way But Loose (1978).
- Clara, a chimp, played Livingston in the movie comedy Delicatessen (1991).
- Evie (short for Evolution), a chimp, played robot dog Muffit II in the original 1979 Battlestar Galactica television series.
- J. Fred Muggs (a chimp born 1952) was a "co-host" with Dave Garroway on NBC's Today Show in the 1950s.
- Judy, a pet chimp of the family, was depicted in the 1960s CBS series, Daktari. She also played the Penny Robinson character's pet chimp, Debbie, in the simultaneously running Lost in Space.
- Kwanza (aka Kwan), a gorilla, played "Sidney" in the romance movie Return to Me (2000) with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny. Kwan currently lives at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
- Louie, a talented juvenile chimp actor played on numerous music videos(All Time Low)(2008), TV commercials (Monkey Butt Powder)(2007), and starred in the Carpet Monkey commercials that went viral in 2007 for The Human Giant on MTV. Louie retired to Little Rock Zoo with his brother Mikey in 2008. Louie passed away in August 2011 from an immuno deficiency disorder at the Zoo, one week short of his 7th birthday.
- Mowgli, a chimp, was a guest on CNBC's Dennis Miller Live and on Monk.
- Napoleon and Sally, two chimps who starred in more than 40 shorts around 1916
- Oscar, a young chimpanzee, was the subject of a 2012 Disney documentary, Chimpanzee.
- Pankun, a chimp, was featured in Japanese TV shows "Tensai! Shimura Dobutsu-en" (Genius! Shimura Zoo) and the TBS program "Dobutsu Kiso Tengai!" (Unbelievable Animals!) with bulldog James.
- Peggy, a chimp, played Bonzo in the 1951 movie comedy Bedtime for Bonzo, costarring Ronald Reagan, and a sequel, Bonzo Goes to College.
- Project X, a 1987 science fiction suspense-drama film about military animal experimentation, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, starred Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, and a multitude of chimpanzee actors:
- Arthur — Winston
- Clafu — Spike
- Andy — Lulea
- Harry — Ginger
- Karanja — Goliath
- Lucy — Razzberry
- Luke — Bluebeard
- Lulu — Ethel
- Mousie — New Recruit
- Okko — Goofy
- Willie — Virgil (film's animal star)
- Sam (born December 23, 1989, died December 24, 2010), an orangutan, played Dunston in the 1995 movie comedy Dunston Checks In; he was trained by Larry Madrid.
- Zippy, a chimp, rollerskated on U.S. television in the 1950s.
- Tango, an orangutan, played Suzanne in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001).
- Jonah and his twin, Jacob, both appeared as the chimp Pericles in Planet of the Apes (2001 film), Trunk Monkey, and with Tango in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
- Mikey, a chimpanzee appeared in the film Manchurian Candidate (2005), and on "Saturday Night Live" (2005) and the "World Series of Poker" (2006).
- Travis (chimpanzee) gained fame through parts he had in commercials (Old Navy and Coca-Cola) in the 2000s, but was shot by police following a brutal attack on a 55-year-old woman in Stamford, Connecticut.
- Tanga, a chimpanzee, played Inga in Dario Argento's horror film "Phenomena (film)" (1985).
- Congo (1954 - 1964) — chimpanzee, abstract impressionist of the late 1950s
- Koko (born 1971) — gorilla, widely believed to be able to communicate with humans through sign language
- Michael (1973 - 2000) — silverback gorilla, impressionist painter, was taught American sign language with Koko
- Peter, aka Pierre Brassau, a chimpanzee, was the subject of a famous hoax through which the chimp's paintings were presented as the avant-garde works of unknown French (human) artist "Pierre Brassau".
- Abang (born 1966) — orangutan, taught to use and make a stone tool (cutting flake)
- 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
- Enos (died 1962) — chimpanzee, spacefaring, after Ham
- Frodo — chimpanzee, baby-eating "bully", attacked Jane Goodall and Gary Larson
- Gua — chimpanzee; raised as a child by the Drs. Kellogg alongside their son Donald
- Ham the Chimp (1956–1983) — chimpanzee; spacefaring, before Enos
- Jenny — orangutan, encountered and described by Charles Darwin in March 1838 at London Zoo.
- 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
- Lana — chimpanzee, reared at Yerkes National Primate Research Center as part of its language analogue project
- 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"
- Panbanisha — 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 (1974-2009) — gorilla, an extensively observed silverback mountain gorilla
- Washoe (1965–2007) — chimpanzee, pioneer ape of hand-signing research
- Ah Meng (circa 18 June 1960 — 8 February 2008) was a female Sumatran orangutan and a tourism icon of Singapore.
- Bill (1946–2007), a long-lived chimpanzee, resided at Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California for over 50 years.
- Binti Jua, a gorilla, saved a boy in 1996.
- Bobo (1951–1968), a western lowland gorilla, 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), a silverback gorilla, escaped from the Blijdorp Zoo on May 18, 2007 and injured a woman.
- Bushman, a famous gorilla from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, died in 1951. While alive, he brought over 100 million visitors to the zoo; his remains can now be seen at Chicago's Field Museum.
- Charles (born 1972), a wild-born silverback western lowland gorilla, resides at the Toronto Zoo and since 1974 has been renowned for his artwork.
- Charlie the Chimp (1958–2010), a chimpanzee in a South African Zoo, was taught to smoke and was able to walk upright.
- Colo (born 1956) was the first gorilla born in captivity.
- Copito de Nieve or "Snowflake" (1964–2003) was the only albino gorilla known to have existed, and was the most famous resident of the Barcelona Zoo.
- Fifi, the 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.
- Jabari, a 300-lb gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, received national attention when, on Mar. 18, 2004, he escaped and attacked four people, including a toddler during a 40-minute rampage inside the jungle exhibit before being shot to death by police. He was the son of Charles the Gorilla.
- Jambo (1961–1992), a gorilla, cared for a boy who fell into his enclosure.
- Jenny (1953–2008), a western lowland gorilla, lived at the Dallas Zoo from 1957 until her death, and was the oldest gorilla in captivity at the time of her death.
- Jumoke (1989—2008) — western lowland gorilla and the granddaughter of Colo
- Ken Allen (1971–2000) — Bornean orangutan at the San Diego Zoo known for his escape artistry
- Louie (chimpanzee) - (2004-2011) - Louie was retired to the LRZ by his owners after a career in the entertainment industry. He was retired to LRZ with his older brother, Mikey.
- Massa (1930–1984) — silverback, the second-longest-lived gorilla ever recorded, and longest-lived male in captivity, died at age 54
- Max (1971–2004) — gorilla in the Johannesburg Zoo, famously apprehended a criminal in 1997, getting shot twice in the process
- Pattycake (1972–2013), first baby gorilla born in New York, mother of 10, later died in captivity at Bronx Zoo
- Samson (1949-1981) — for many years the face of the Milwaukee County Zoo, one of the largest silverback gorillas on record, weighing 652 lbs in 1973
- Santino, a male chimpanzee at Furuvik zoo in Sweden, was 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.
- Snowflake (1964-2003), the only known albino lowland gorilla in history anywhere.
- Temara (born 1993), the first zoo-reared female Sumatran orangutan, was released into Bukit Tigapuluh National Park by Perth Zoo in 2006.
- Willie B. (1959–2000), a silverback gorilla kept in isolation for 27 years, became head of a troop and father of five.
- Yeroen, a chimpanzee at the Arnhem Zoo, was the star of de Waal's "Chimpanzee Politics".
- Gargantua (1929–1949) — acid-scarred gorilla captured in the wild, performed in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
- Toto (1931–1968) — Gargantua's would-be mate
- Macaco Tião, a chimpanzee, 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.
- Bubbles the chimpanzee — pet of entertainer Michael Jackson
- Scatter the chimpanzee — pet of entertainer Elvis Presley
- Free Bam Bam - Chicago Tribune
- Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre
- Clara at the Internet Movie Database
- Working with the Daggit of Battlestar Galactica at the Internet Movie Database
- Angela Cartwright - Interview
- Return Favor
- Mowgli the Chimpanzee - Center for Great Apes Resident
- Slide, Anthony (1998). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Routledge. p. 106.
- Disney Chimpanzee Documentary Movie Review, Jane Goodall | Global Animal
- A Salute to Peggy - TCM CLASSIC FILM UNION Blog post
- Project X at the Internet Movie Database
- Sam (XVII) (1989–2010) at the Internet Movie Database
- Zippy The Chimp | Ed Sullivan Show
- Tango the Orangutan - Center for Great Apes Resident
- Pets & Their People: Movie chimps train the stars. - Free Online Library
- reviewjournal.com - News - Chips fall wrong way for chimp's poker hopes
- "Woman in surgery 7 hours after chimp attack". 2009-02-21. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19.
- Phenomena (1985) - Trivia - IMDb
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- North Coast Journal July 26, 2007 : ON THE COVER : Saga of an Ape
- Bushman, Lincoln Park Zoo gorilla died on New Year's Day in 1951 | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago
- RealClearScience - RIP: Charlie the Smoking Chimp, 1958-2010
- Chimpanzee matriarch dies in Sydney zoo - Los Angeles Times
- Gorilla shot after escape at Dallas Zoo - US news | NBC News
- Memories of Samson the Gorilla | Zoological Society of Milwaukee
- Standard Digital News - Kenya : Magazines : Nairobi animal orphanage
- Temara | Perth Zoo
- Apes In The Office: It`s A Jungle In There - Chicago Tribune
- David, F.; Jamel, A. "Fundação RIOZOO" (in Portuguese). Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
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