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April's Animal Attraction | Chimpanzee

Ajua-april-aotmPhoto by Patti Truesdell



Ajua is a 5-year-old male chimpanzee whose name, when spelled “a jua”, is Swahili for sunny – which also describes his high-energy personality. He was born in September 2008 at the Great Apes of Harambee to mother, Akati, and father, Imara – the first chimp to be born at the Detroit Zoo in 13 years. He has since been joined by his 3-year-old sister, Akira, as well as his 10-month-old half-sister, Zuhura. Ajua is a delight to watch, especially when the staff throws an “enrichment” party for the chimps. He’s been known to hop into a box and roll down the hill or cover his head with a blanket and scamper up a tree!

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