Wild Chimp Bipedal Walking
Even though chimps are predominantly quadrupedal, they can sometimes walk bipedally too making them look very similar to humans. This is handy to try and get a better view, walk with your hands full, or sometimes just because they feel like it. Younger chimps will often walk more bipedally than quadrupedally!
When Jane Goodall was observing her chimps there was an awful outbreak of polio. It left many chimps with paralysed limbs, often leaving them helpless. One chimp, a strong male named Faben had both of his arms paralysed. He seemed to cope with his disability quite well and was seen walking around bipedally very easily, just like a human.
HOW TO HELP
Based off real animals that Gillie and Marc met while studying, the public will be able to meet individual animals. This will help them to realise that there are apes with unique personalities, thoughts and emotions. The loss of one individual is just as devastating as losing an individual human.
With public art, more people will come into contact with these sculptures, will stop and consider them, will take a photograph, and will discuss this with their friends and family. Through this increased exposure, the message of love, family, and conservation will be spread much further than any piece of art in a gallery ever could. It will bring people into close contact and will help them to fall in love. With love comes a greater urge to want to create a change and save the great apes.
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtags #LoveTheLast and #ChimpsAreFamily to raise unparalleled awareness about the sculpture’s cause across the globe.
To help protect the great apes you can adopt a chimp and help them via the WWF: https://www.worldwildlife.org/