Like other chimpanzees at Tchimpounga, Kitoko was confiscated from a pet dealer by the Congolese authorities. He was thin and depressed when he came to Tchimpounga. But his caregivers worked hard to restore his strength and help him overcome his traumatic past. Kitoko eventually started to make friends, and before long he was so well integrated with his group, he became their leader. Kitoko will do anything for his friends even if it puts him in danger. Because of this endearing quality he has earned the respect of his fellow chimps.