It's a very sad day for us and the Bulindi chimpanzees. The community's oldest matriach Joyce, who we estimated to be in her mid to late forties, has died.
Sadly, the tragic circumstances of her death, following an injury from a farmer's trap, underscore the threats facing chimpanzees in this region and strengthen our resolve to help them survive.
LEILA is a tough cookie. At 17 or 18, she's still young but she's the top-ranked female at Bulindi -- which is unusual, since in chimp society a female's rank is usually related to her age. We strongly suspect Leila is the daughter of the elderly Joyce (they always hang out and share food together), and Joyce seems to have been the previous alpha female. Perhaps, then, Leila has enjoyed a privileged position since she was young. Leila is Bulindi's noisiest chimp; her distinct raspy voice carries for miles. She often calls and displays for no apparent reason when the others are resting. She has two offspring: 4-year old Georgia and 11-month old Wendy. Leila's girls typically ride together on her back during travel.