Twins Jonah and Jacob were born in Oklahoma at a drive-through wildlife park where they were pulled from their mother and sold to a California trainer for the entertainment business. They both worked in movies, television shows, and advertisements. Jonah starred with Mark Wahlberg in the 2001 version of the Planet of the Apes and along with his twin brother worked in the original “Trunk Monkey” commercials. When they were only eight years old they were considered too dangerous to continue to be worked in the Hollywood business. So, with the aid of the Animal Actors Guild and a small retirement fund, the twins were sent to the Center for Great Apes in August 2004  

Jonah and Jacob now live in a multi-male/multi-female group of seven chimpanzees including Maggie, Ellie, Angel, Bella, and sometimes Stryker.   As adolescents, both boys are very “macho” and frequently display by stomping around, throwing toys, and kicking cage wire (which is hard on our enclosures!). But in spite of their sometimes fierce appearance and actions, the twins can also be very sweet and gentle... and often groom their companions.

  • Jonah was born February 15, 1996
  • Both boys like to paint on paper with nontoxic paints. Once, they got carried away with enthusiasm for their artistic expression and ended up painting each other!
  • Jonah is very talented at our enrichment activity “reach treats”. His favorite food is pineapple, but Jonah does not like to eat cucumber!
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