The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimp Eden - Group 1

Charlene

Group 1

  • Origin: Sudan
  • Gender: Female
  • Year of Birth: 2006

History

Charlene’s mother was shot by poachers in the Congo as bushmeat and Charlene was smuggled across the border into the Sudan. The Sudanese military confiscated her and she was taken to a safe house. Here she was introduced to six other infants (Marco, Mowgli, Mary, Bazia, Azzie and Tamu). They were all transferred to the sanctuary together and quarantined in 2008.


Useful Info

Charlene was partially paralysed in one of her legs when she first arrived, probably due to a virus. She has improved since being outside and moves much faster now. Despite her disability, Charlene has always been self-confident. She often dominates older members of her group and can be quite aggressive even during play. She is very attached to Jessica and used to sometimes even suckle from the alpha female. Charlene has a voracious appetite and can often be seen feasting on a meal.