Wild Chimp Hooting



The pan-hoot is a complex long-distance vocalisation for chimps. It can be separated into four distinct groups: introduction, build-up, climax and let-down. They start soft and low, getting faster in the build-up, becomes very loud and high, like a scream, then back down to a similar rate of the build-up to finally finish.

The pan-hoot is done by both male and females with the most frequent hooters being high-ranking males. It is commonly joined by other males to produce a chorus of call, but it can be an individual hoot too.

Hooting is done for many reasons. Chorusing is used to form cohesive groups of males and show dominance and strength. But chimps also hoot hen they see a fruit tree laden with delicious snacks, calling the others to come and join them. It is also a good way to communicate who you are, where you are, and to help distinguish who is in the group.

​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/