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This is Hananya, standing proudly.

Hananya is the leader of his own group.

He was born in 1993 and was smuggled from the wild to Isreal as part of the pet trade, but was seized by officials. Hananya along with other young chimps Tikko, Semach, Gypsy (who was born in captivity) and Simon (who was rescued from Spain), were brought to Monkey World in 1996 where they were put into the nursery along with three captive born chimpanzees named Bob (who passed away in 1998), Arfur and Jess to be cared for by Sally.

Eventually in 1998, Monkey World's staff made a new chimpanzee group out of Sally's group along with several adult chimpanzees named Charlie (who served as dominant male), Pacito, Mojo, Peggy and Mona (the latter three were previously members of Chico's Group until his death). However, this only worked for a short time as Charlie (who had mental scars due to his earlier life as a photographer's prop) would lash out. Eventually, Charlie and Pacito were moved into the Bachelor Group (which Mojo joined a short time before) and Sally returned to caring for younger chimps. Hananya and his playmates became members of Rodney's new group.

A few years later, Hananya became Rodney's second-in-command. In 2004, Hananya got into a fight with Rodney. The other male chimps in the group (who had grown up with Hananya) took Hananya's side and attacked Rodney, but stopped after realising that they had hurt Rodney. Afterwards, Rodney was taken from the enclosure to be tended to, but died during the night from a heart attack.

Following Rodney's death, Hananya took over as leader but struggled to control the group for the first few years before settling into the role. He has fathered three children; Rodders (whom he had with Jess in 2005 and now lives in Sally's group), Thelma (whom he had with Cherri in 2013) and Louise (Thelma's twin sister who died shortly after).


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