Another one of the older females of the troop, Tammy is thought to have been born in the wild in Central Africa in 1971. She is distinguishable from the other members of the troop by the gray hair around her chin, making it appear that she has a beard. She is also one of the taller and more lean females of the troop.
Probably the easiest chimp to pick out of the group, Terry is the oldest member of the troop, and the oldest adult female. With an estimated birth date of 1969, Terry came to the Zoo in 1980. She is characterized by her bear chest and head that makes her ears seem larger than the other chimps. She is one of the higher ranking females and can often be seen patrolling the exhibit making sure that the troop is safe. She also likes to lounge around the exhibit by lying on her back and holding her feet up in the air.
One of the large adult females and the Alpha female of the troop, Maggie is distinguishable by her gray beard and hunched posture. Although her exact birth date and birthplace is unknown, she came to the Zoo in 1980 and is estimated to have been born in 1973, making her 33 years old and one of the oldest females of the troop.
While it is not known just where Betty was born, it is known that she was born in the wild and arrived at the Zoo in 1979 from Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. Betty was believed to have been born in 1974, and lived to the age of 35, yet she passed away on September 17, 2009 due to heart conditions. At that time she was the smallest of the adult females in the troop and had grayish skin around her nose and mouth.
Born at the Zoo in 1996, Ruby is the smallest female in the troop. The daughter of K.O. and Ruthie, she is distinguishable by her dark face and long dark-black fur and is often observed making a "kissing" face and bouncing up and down.
Born at the NC Zoo in 1987, Bea is the daughter of K.O. and Maggie. She is characterized by her somewhat triangular shaped face and having little hair on her head and face. Bea now resides at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.
Ruthie arrived at the NC Zoo in 1980. Although the location is not known, she was born in the wild, and has an estimated birth year of 1971. She is the largest of the adult females and has a bare spot on her back between her shoulders. She also is characterized by the fact that the hair on her head stands up straight.
Maki was born at the Zoo in 1994 and is the daughter of Tammy and K.O. or R.D. One of the adolescent females of the troop, she is distinguished by her extremely dark fur. She is smaller in size than the adult females and has distinguishable markings around her nose.
Jonathan is the second youngest of the males in the troop. He was born in Atlanta at Emory University on 12/7/96. He is characterized by having very light skin on his face, large broad shoulders, and can often be seen sitting near the glass with visitors.
Lance arrived at the NC Zoo in February of 2007 along with his half brother Sokoto, from the Miami Metro Zoo. Lance was born on 10/13/01. His mother Binti, and father Hondo, still reside at the Miami Metro Zoo.
Lance is also easy to pick out from the other members of his NC Zoo family. Because of his young age, he is smaller in stature, has pink skin around his face and is often playing with Sokoto or hanging out with Ruby & Ruthie and seems to be a bit more shy than Sokoto.
Sokoto arrived at the NC Zoo in February of 2007 along with his half brother Lance, from the Miami Metro Zoo. Sokoto was born on 6/21/01. His mother Samantha, and father Hondo, still reside at the Miami Metro Zoo.
Sokoto is easy to distinguish from the other members of his NC Zoo family. Because of his young age, he is smaller in stature, has pink skin around his face and is often playing with Lance. Sokoto seems to take every opportunity to play with anyone who is willing to play with him, and seems to have an outgoing personality.