One of the ways we can tell that the chimpanzees in our juvenile group are growing up is that, like human teenagers, they are starting to be interested in the opposite sex. A few weeks ago, we noticed that Lily and Flo were both pursuing Hakim, one of the males in our juvenile group. Ama has now joined the fray, and all three ladies are also interested in Panza, the dominant male of the group. Panza and Hakim don’t know which way to turn!
Chimpanzees live in multi-male/multi-female groups, and when females are in heat, they try to mate with as many males as possible, which means that the dominant male is not the only one to get attention from the ladies. However, they do have to be discreet when they want to mate with other males.
Note: all of the CCC’s female chimpanzees are on birth control until they are released.