Date of birth: 1986
Place of birth: unknown
Arrival at MONA: November 2015
In the 80’s she was illegally acquired by her previous owner, who exploited her, still being an infant, to take pictures with people in touristic areas on the Canary Islands.
When the authorities confiscated Cheeta from that individual, she was left in the voluntarily offered care and maintenance of the Oasis Park zoo, in Fuerteventura, for the next 28 years, since they also work as the only rescue and rehabilitation centre of that island.
In July 2015 there was an unfortunate escape and two of the three chimpanzees, unfortunately they died during the escape, which left the only survivor Cheeta alone.
After careful evaluation the Administration of the park decided that living alone was not an adequate life for a chimpanzee, being a highly social animal. Striving to find the best solution for her, the zoo managers contacted us, in order to help her find a new family instead of living the rest of her life alone. And not only that, we will help us with her expenses for life.
Cheeta impresses everybody who meets her, especially for her size. She is a very big chimpanzee, but she has a sweet and lovely face. In addition, she is a confident and extroverted chimpanzee. She trusts in her caregivers and in the new chimpanzees she meets. She greets everyone with great effusiveness.
Her one-on-one relationships with her group members are quite good, but she especially enjoys the presence and interaction with Coco, her best friend.
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!