Moja (chimpanzee)

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Moja (Swahili: "one") was a chimpanzee at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute.[1] She was born at the Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP).[2] In infanthood Moja was treated in a similar way to a child, and immersed in an environment of American Sign Language.[3]

While engaging in play activities, she was observed changing her appearance while in the presence of a mirror using clothing, masks and make-up. She was observed also to place sunglasses upon her head, look into a mirror and make the sign-language sign for "glasses" on one occasion, also using the mirror for the application of lip-gloss and a crayon for the same purpose.[4]


  1. ^ About Friends of Washoe Retrieved 2012-01-23
  2. ^ Moja's biography Retrieved 2012-01-23
  3. ^ CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - references 20 studies Copyright 2004-2009 Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute
  4. ^ Robert W. Mitchell, 2002 - Pretending and imagination in animals and children - 370 pages Cambridge University Press, 21 Feb 2002 Retrieved 2012-01-23ISBN 0521770300