Moja

 

Moja was the second eldest chimpanzee at CHCI. Her name sign is the fingertips of an "M" hand drawn across the opposite palm. Moja was born on November 18, 1972 at LEMSIP (Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates) in Tuxedo, New York. Moja died on June 6, 2002, at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute.

Moja was the chimpanzee at CHCI who was most likely to dress herself in clothes and frequently used mirrors to groom or just to gaze at herself.

Moja

Moja

Moja's name sign: An "M” drawn across the opposite palm. Her name sign refers to Moja’s birthplace, New York, which is a“Y” drawn across the opposite palm.

Moja's full name: Moja Lemsip. Moja is the Swahili word for "first," as she was the first chimpanzee in Gardners' second project. LEMSIP is the name of the lab where Moja was born.

Likely taxonomic classification: Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii (eastern African chimpanzee)

Moja's favorite activities: You could often find Moja looking at herself in mirrors, brushing her hair, and dressed up in clothes, particularly if the clothes were red, her favorite color. Moja also spent a lot of time interacting with her human caregivers and often played games of peekaboo. She and Tatu frequently played games of tag or chase. When outside she we would often see her climbing, swinging, and running. She loved to played with Velcro and would point it out on caregivers' clothes.

Moja's favorite foods: Moja really enjoyed onions, farina, peanut butter on celery, pickle juice, and Zupreem (a protein biscuit).

Tributes to Moja after her passing