Meet little Kasatu - the last of the 22 chimpanzees in our 'meet and greet the Bulindi chimps' series. Kasatu, meaning 'the third' in the local Runyoro language, was so-called because he was the third infant born during a baby boom in April last year. He is Jemima's first infant and she's hugely protective of him. Perhaps because Jemima herself is small, Kasatu is the smallest of the three same-aged infants. Still, he's doing well and likes to clamber around by himself, whenever Jemima lets him out of reach. Kasatu has a 'crazy old man' face which exudes character.
Araali is the epitomy of resilience and spirit in the face of misfortune. Orphaned at the age of 5, when mum Olive was killed by a speeding car, most young chimps would have struggled to cope with the loss. Thanks to support from older brother Moses, and Araali's own indomitable spirit, Araali not only survived -- shrugging off the inevitable setbacks that come with being an orphan -- he's gone from strength to strength! Now a young adolescent, aged 8, Araali has an independent and dogged temperament. Like Moses before him, Araali can be a disruptive presence in the group, having recently begun challenging the adult females. However, alpha male Sylvester has taken Araali under his wing, and is particularly tolerant of him even when Araali mates with 'forbidden' females. Perhaps Sylvester recognises Araali might be a valuable ally in a few years time!
Jack is the elder of Maureen's two boys. Aged 9, he's now in the early throes of chimp adolescence - a time when young males push boundaries and generally annoy their elders (much as human teenagers do!). But Jack's exceptionally laid-back, a very cool chimp. It often seems he's as interested in his human observers as we are in him: he likes to approach to study us, all the better if done from the comfort of a nest made at head-height.
We expect Jack to develop much like his older brother Tom who earned the respect of his peers through calm leadership skills, rather than bluster. Sadly Tom died in 2015 after being injured by a steel trap. If Jack can survive in the dangerous human world at Bulindi, we expect him to increasingly exert his calm and astute influence on the group in the coming years.
Rohen is Maureen's youngest son. Although not yet four, he's quite an independent chap already. Rohen's little sister Lucia came along when he was only two and a half, which is very young for an infant chimp to be relegated to second priority by mum. But Rohen didn't seem too troubled by the experience and enjoys romping around with Lucia. Rohen is the proud owner of the largest pair of ears in Bulindi.