Place of birth: In captivity, Valencia
Arrival at MONA: March 2001
He was born in Valencia and belonged to a trainer who trained chimpanzees and rented them for different purposes such as television ads, studio photos, movies, circuses, etc. Behind the scenes, Charly lived a life of hardship, locked in a tiny cage in a truck where Marco, Pancho, Paquito, Pepito, Romie and Toni also lived. He was part of MONA’s first ever rescue and is one of the chimps to have best adapted to his new life. He has a reserved character and is very sensitive and intelligent, but this is not so easily determined by unfamiliar eyes.
His former owner was a trainer who used chimpanzees for TV shows and movies. He lived for more than eight years locked in the dark in a cage on the truck from which he was never able to leave, move, or do any activity. When he came to MONA, he showed signs of aggression due to insecurity. Anything unknown scared him.When he was stressed, he moved his head in a circular motion.
He belonged to The Mutamba Group and was one of the chimpanzees of the Group competing to be alpha male.
He was part of the Mutamba* group.
Mutamba: Strychnos spinosa is a native tree of tropical and subtropical Africa. After the rainy season it produces a sweet, juicy yellow sour fruit, a supplemental source of food for the rural population and a highly nutritious fruit that also feeds many animals, including the monkeys. In fact, it is also named “spiny monkey-orange”.