The Famous Chimps of Gombe

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Fifi: (1958-2004)

Fifi, Flo’s only daughter, eventually became a dominant matriarch herself. Over the years Fifi gave birth to nine offspring: Freud, Frodo, Fanni, Flossi, Faustino, Ferdinand, Freud, Flirt and Furaha. When Jane first arrived at Gombe, Fifi was only two years old and often rode around on her mother’s back. As a young chimpanzee, Fifi was curious and vivacious. As she got older, however, she did not have many friends and rarely sought out the company of others. In fact, Fifi’s only reliable friend was her mother Flo. When she was ten, Fifi was one of the only female chimps to excel at throwing, though her aim was poor. Fifi disappeared in 2004 and was soon presumed dead. She was the last surviving chimpanzee at Gombe from Dr. Goodall’s early days.

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Elodie served as an intern for the Jane Goodall Institute during the summer of 2015 in the Office of the Founder-Global. Elodie's internship experience included supporting Dr. Jane Goodall's global tour through online outreach, social media and blogging.