Ayo and Ayokunle

Wild Chimp Laughter


5 and 7

Just like us, chimps can find the funny side to things. It is a natural behaviour and young chimps typically start to display this behaviour between 12 to 16 weeks. Laughing is a sign of empathy and is considered to show intelligence. This has disproved a quote by Aristotle that “only the human animal laughs.” It is important to understand these diverse emotions in other animals to know that it is not just us who feel.

When looking at the facial composition during laughter the muscles of a chimp and ourselves are very similar. This could tell us that laughter evolved from our common ancestor with our smiles evolving 5 million years ago!

​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: