Stella born 1980
Stella joined the project in 1982. She is a long limbed, very
slim chimp, with a long face and long hands and feet. In fact we call her our long
chimp. She is not the prettiest chimp of the group but she has a lovely disposition.
She is quiet and thoughtful and yet still very alert, curious and aware of what is
going on around her. She is an intelligent and inventive chimp who comes up with some
surprising new ways of doing things.
In 1993 she gave birth to her first baby, a male
called Sean. Most of our female chimps are about fourteen years old before they have
their first babies so Stella at thirteen years old was younger than average when she
became a mother. However, she has proved to be an excellent parent to her small son,
Sean, so she had obviously watched and absorbed the mothering behaviour of the older
females in her group.