16-month old Lucia is Maureen's youngest offspring. She was one of a trio of infants born during Bulindi's baby boom in April 2016. Recently, we've begun seeing more of Lucia since she's started clambering around independently of Maureen, playing with older brother Rohen, and shaking small branches at us!
Maureen is a senior member of the Bulindi community. We can't be sure of her age, but she's probably nearing 40. She's witnessed huge changes in her lifetime: the destruction of her forest home and the shift to a life foraging in village gardens and trying to avoid people. Maureen has an air of detachment about her and is one of those chimps who seem 'hard to know'. While she prefers to stay quietly in the background most of the time, she's a tough old chimp and, if riled, even noisy females like Leila won't dare take her on! Maureen's mothering style sometimes verges on 'tough love' but she produces calm, self-assured and independent offspring. Her known children are Tom (sadly deceased), Jack, Rohen and her latest infant, Lucia.
Maureen was named after chimp researcher Maureen McCarthy who conducted the first genetic census of Hoima's 300 'village' chimpanzees, including the Bulindi community!
Huge thanks and PANT-HOOTS to the three volunteers from Chimp Management! It was great to have them visit the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project, take part in tree planting, and get involved with meetings with the local Subcounty Chairman for Bulindi and Forest Owners Committee at our new site in Kitoba. Thank you Jessica, Catherine and Ángel for your endless enthusiasm and for your support for the Bulindi Chimpanzees!!!
Four year-old Georgia is Leila's eldest offspring. As the daughter of the top-ranked female in Bulindi, Georgia benefits from her mother's influential role at the centre of the group. Not surprisingly she's confident for her age, and she's bigger than her close age-mates Merrick and Rohen. While some infants struggle when their mother gives birth to a new baby, Georgia seemed delighted when baby sister Wendy came along last year. She relishes her role as big sister and can often be seen carrying Wendy on her back or belly, just as Leila does. Clearly, Georgia will be an excellent mother one day!