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Chimp Off the Old Block
"How well do you know these famous apes? Where did they get their special traits, and were any of them passed down?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Snowflake the gorilla was the most famous resident of the Barcelona Zoo. His children and grandchildren aren't anything like him in appearance though. What made Snowflake so unique?
He had a large birthmark in the shape of a snowflake
He adapted to a polar climate
He was the only known albino gorilla in the world
He liked to throw snowballs at the visitors
Titan the chimpanzee is aggressive, just like his father Frodo. Both live in Tanzania's Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve. In fact, Frodo was a bully during his reign as alpha male. He is famous for his brutal attacks on cartoonist Gary Larson and researcher Jane Goodall, who nearly broke her neck. What tops as his most horrific act?
Paralyzing his own brother
Killing and eating a human baby
Ambushing a neighbouring chimpanzee troop
Beating all other male chimpanzees into submission
In the 2008 animated movie "Space Chimps", an astrochimp named Ham III follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ham. The character of Ham is based on a chimpanzee in real life named Ham who, on January 31st, 1961, made history by being what?
The first living being to go to the moon
The first chimpanzee to complete the NASA astronaut training program
The first chimpanzee to fly a plane
The first hominid in space
Lucky for researchers at Georgia State University, Kanzi, a bonobo, was not a chip off his mother. Language experiments failed with Matata, but unbeknownst to scientists her infant son, present in the lab with her, absorbed the lessons without any training. Today Kanzi is recognized for what achievement?
Proficiency in sign language
Making human-like vocalizations
Having the highest aptitude for language of any non-human ape
This chimpanzee tried to be a chip off the old block; his adoptive father actually taught him to moon-walk. What was the name of Michael Jackson's famous pet chimpanzee?
Answers to questions about Oliver's origin have eluded scientists for decades. Are there other chimpanzees like him? He was brought over from Western Africa to the United States in 1960 and by the mid 1970s began to make headlines around the globe for his unusual appearance and behaviour. The media billed this bipedal chimp as an evolutionary missing link. What nickname was he given that was also the title of a documentary made about him?
Peggy, a 5-year-old chimpanzee actor, starred in a 1951 movie with Ronald Reagan. In the movie, Reagan plays a psychologist who tries to teach a chimp right from wrong. In doing so, he hopes to prove a "nature vs. nurture" debate -- that behaviour is learned. What is the name of this light-hearted movie?
Bedtime For Bonzo
Planet of the Apes
Chantek is another one-of-a-kind ape. At the age of 9-months he was taught sign language by anthropologist Lyn Miles. He eventually learned to use over 150 signs and understands about 1000 English words. What kind of ape is this Bornean/Sumatran hybrid?
In an eerie coincidence, Travis the chimpanzee met the same fate as his birth mother. On February 16th, 2009 his fiendish attack on Charla Nash, a friend of his owner, made international news. What was the outcome of the attack on Nash?
She survived the attack but lost both hands and her face
She survived the attack but remains on life support
She died from her injuries later in hospital
She played dead then got up and shot Travis
This gorilla was taught sign language by her "mom", psychologist Francine Patterson, and is part of the longest continuous inter-species communications project of its kind in the world. What is the name of this gorilla, who uses 1000 signs and understands 2000 words of the English language?
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Compiled Jun 28 12