When Africa began to approach adolescence, family life for the caretaker became impossible. Every day that passed, Africa became more and more dominant and began to attack the women of the house. For this reason, the couple decided to build a room on their terrace to keep Africa locked away for many hours of the day.
When she arrived at MONA, Africa’s head and shoulders were completely bald, red, scaly and infected due to complications from a previous head injury. Because of this, she had been rejected by several zoos when her owners had tried to place her. Africa was also missing hair in various areas of her hands, feet, and arms due to hair plucking caused by stress or boredom. MONA discovered that her head injuries were treatable, and after several treatments a day, her hair began to sprout again and the redness subsided.
When we started with Africa’s integration into the group, she was so afraid of the other chimpanzees that she kept screaming, sometimes so much that she would vomit.