Hananya is a male chimpanzee and the leader of his group.
He is estimated to have been 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 and Gypsy (who was born in captivity), were brought to Monkey World on 28th August 1996 where they were put into the nursery along with three captive born chimpanzees named Bob, Arfur and Jess to be cared for by Sally. On 29th September, they were joined by another young chimpanzee named Simon, who was rescued from Spain. In 1998, they were joined by Trudy, whom Hananya and Semach treated like a younger sister and would protect her from their playmates' rough play.
That same year, 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). Later that year, Bob died from a stomach infection and shortly afterwards, Sally became ill. Believing that Sally may have caught the same illness that killed Bob, Hananya and his playmates were brielfy separated from the adult members of the group and returned to their nursery enclosure to prevrnt them from becoming ill too. In 1999, Charlie (who had mental scars due to his earlier life as a photographer's prop) kept lashing out at the other members of the group, resulting in him and Pacito being moved into the Bachelor Group (which Mojo joined a short time before) whilst Sally returned to the nursery to care for younger chimps. Hananya, his playmates along with Mona and Peggy became members of Rodney's new group. During this time, Hananya began spending time with Jess (who had recently entered puberty), much to the dismay of Arfur, who had been raised with Jess and had a close bond with her.
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 not long after birth from a hole in her heart).