Kayode and Saran

Wild Chimp Play


8 and 2 

Play is a very important part of any animal, even us! It helps us to learn important skills, build bonds, and to have fun. Chimps are no different and they are very similar to young humans when they play. They’re so similar they would probably have a great time if they were to play together!

While the majority of play is with young chimps, adults also like some fun, often joining in to play with younger members of their community. They wrestle, chase each other, and many other fun activities. Being chased up a tree is very good practice to develop their tree climbing skills. They also play with the tools used by the older chimps, using play to learn how to use them.

Chimps also have another very human characteristic when it comes to play, they laugh. They have what is called a ‘play-pant’ and if you didn’t know any better you could easily mistake it for laughter. Whether they’re being tickled or chased it can be great fun and their face cracks a huge smile. If things get a bit scary the baby can scream and mum will come running to save the day!

​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: