Wild Chimp Throwing
Chimps are very good at throwing things and there are many reasons why they might do it. Males throw rocks and even spears as a display of dominance. Sometimes they might throw a rock just because they’re frustrated or annoyed.
But some chimps like to throw rocks at trees, often the same trees, which caused a build-up of rocks at the base. Scientists have suggested this may be a ritual of a kind, others think that some trees give a much nicer ‘thunk’ sound when hit. Some researchers have suggested that the best throwers actually have the most developed brains!
In captivity, they have been known to throw their faeces. This is because of the stress and agitation of captivity and the lack of diverse objects they would normally have had in their wild environments. Because they are often not allowed rocks and branches in their enclosures (for this very reason) they look for something to vent their frustration, poo often being nice and handy.
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/