The Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Memorials - Abu


Group 3

  • Origin: N/A
  • Gender: Male
  • Year of Birth: N/A


Abu was the oldest (about 4 of the first four chimps that were rescued and brought to South Africa in the 90’s. (Abu, Claudette, Amadeus and Mona Lisa/Lilly – Mona Lisa/Lilly is still at the Jhb Zoo) He was chained by the neck in a basement to a concrete pillar. He was one of the 2 chimps transferred to Chimp Eden in March 2006 just in time for the official opening of the sanctuary by Dr Jane Goodall on the 20th March 2006. He was the alpha chimp of the group now known as group 3, but towards the end, Amadeus took over as alpha in a quiet takeover. His body was found in the enclosure on the 1st August 2008 and the post-mortem showed that he had died of heart failure.