There are now three generations of chimpanzee females living at Sweetwaters.
Sultana was found chained to a tree in Burundi and taken to the Jane Goodall Institute who then arranged for her to come to Sweetwaters. When she first came to Sweetwaters, Sultana was very aggressive and our staff were so terrified of her that they were unable to feed her directly. She was also extremely wary of the other chimpanzees. However, with care and attention she settled down. It was Sultana who in 1996 gave Sweetwaters our first in-house baby, Mwanzo whose name means first in Swahili. Mwanzo’s birth went a long way in helping to bond her chimpanzee group. She is now a mother to Ajabu whose name means “surprise” in 2008.
Sultana is going strong at 33 with no age-related concerns as her recent health check confirmed. She does not let her years hold her back and can be very aggressive when defending her descendants. She loves spending time with her offspring and uses their youthful energy to keep her going.
Mwanzo is the attention seeker in her group at the sanctuary; often finding creative ways to draw others’ attention. This however does not stop her from being very protective of her family and is never far from them. Any food Mwanzo gets her hands on will go to her children first, then when everybody is fed and happy she allows herself to eat.
Ajabu is very curious about her surroundings and is quite the naughty chimpanzee. She is often trying to devise ways of escaping from her enclosure, forcing the keepers to always be on high alert to ensure she stays in. The new enrichment structures have caught her attention and she is often found there fishing for honey.
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