1980? – 2022
Place of birth: Unknown
Arrival at MONA: May 14, 2012
She was acquired in the 90’s, along with a male chimp called Tom, by her former owner who obtained them legally through an intermediary. The intermediary bought them from a circus when they were about 10 years old because they were no longer needed. We know nothing of her life in the circus, only that the correct papers existed. (Our laws still allow private collectors, circuses and trainers that rent to television programs to keep extremely social and intelligent animals in danger of extinction such as chimpanzees).
Bea was acquired by her previous owner for his private collection and lived for 20 years in a cage in a village near Girona. She lived in her garden cage with Coco, another female chimp. Occasionally Tom could not always join them because he would attack Bea and Coco out of frustration or boredom. After many meetings with wildlife experts from FAADA and MONA, Bea’s owner agreed to allow the 3 chimps to move to MONA. Furthermore, he promised to help with the care of Bea, Coco, and Tom for their lifetimes.
Bea is an adult chimpanzee who has now spent enough time with other of her kind to have acquired the social skills to function in a social group. In the beginning, she was very interested in joining the group but during the process realized that it wasn’t easy and lost a bit of that motivation. Normally, Bea is a very sociable and calm chimpanzee. She is a bit of a peacemaker and mediator for the group but is very protective of her friends Tom and Coco and will not allow anybody to treat them badly. But she only has a problem: she is a big weeper, and provoques fights out of nowhere because she is scared of fights! Yes, a big contradiction, we hope she soon learns…
Her one-on-one relationships with her group members are quite good, but she especially enjoys the presence and interaction with her two favorites: Tom and Coco.
She is part of the group we call the Bilinga*.
Bilinga: Nauclea diderrichii is a native tree of Central and part of West Africa. Its natural habitat is the humid forests of subtropical or tropical lowlands and it is threatened by uncontrolled logging by its wood known as BILINGA. This tree produces one of the chimps’ favorite fruits. Even studies have been made of the vocalizations they make when they find a tree full of them!