Kauka - Jane Goodall
Kauka at Ngombe island


Kauka arrived at Tchimpounga sanctuary with Bailele, another chimpanzee who has become his closest friend. Both chimps live on Ngombe Island where Kauka is now the alpha male of his group, leading with a gentle touch. When conflicts arise in the group, Kauka remains calm and finds a way to maintain harmony among the chimps. He’s also been observed placing a reassuring arm around a distressed chimp, offering protective comfort.


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Photo credits: Fernando Turmo