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What does it mean to be an ALPHA?

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Chimpanzee social groups establish a hierarchy amongst themselves. Typically in wild chimpanzee communities, there is an alpha male who is the most dominant member of the group. The males have a clear dominance hierarchy amongst themselves, and generally all males are dominant to all females within the community. Females also have a hierarchy, and there is usually an alpha female who is the most powerful of all the females.

In captivity, dominance hierarchies among chimpanzees may not always resemble hierarchies seen in the wild. Many captive chimpanzees grew up in isolation or had very limited social interactions. They did not learn the “rules” of society as free-living chimpanzees do. When they are finally given the opportunity to live in a family group, and establish their own social order, it can take them awhile to figure things out. The resulting social structure may be somewhat different than what is observed in the wild. Females may be more dominant than some males. There may not be a clear-cut alpha male or alpha female, or some chimps may share leadership duties. The hierarchy may not be linear, but rather more like a matrix.

However, in both wild and captive chimpanzee groups, one thing is clear—a good alpha is worth his or her weight in gold. The most successful chimpanzee leaders rule with a firm but kind hand, are fair, welcoming, and seek to resolve disputes quickly. This results in group cohesion and relatively few arguments amongst the members of the community.

Like ALPHA chimps, among our human group of Save the Chimps donors, we have a special group of ALPHA Donors — those friends who are exemplars of strength and commitment to the rest of our community.

With each gift, ALPHA Donors provide support for everything one of our beloved chimpanzees needs for a full year.

Save the chimps honors its ALPHA Donors whose compassion is vital to our efforts to provide the highest quality care possible to the chimpanzees. Everyone at Save the Chimps is profoundly grateful for their generosity and strong commitment to our mission.

Learn how you can join this special group – ALPHA Donors, that is.

2016 ALPHA Donors

2015 ALPHA Donors

2014 ALPHA Donors

“A Great Friend of Cheetah’s”
Sponsorship for twelve chimps
“A Great Friend of Cheetah’s”
Sponsorship for three chimps
Anonymous
 In Memory of Gustavo Seidler Anonymous Anonymous
 Friends of Joe Anonymous Jeff Arnstein & Michael Field
 Debbie Meza Anonymous William Bernhard & Catherine Cahill
 Jeff Arnstein & Michael Field Anonymous The Greenbaum Foundation
 Mary Jane & Bryan Morgan Anonymous Sarah C. Haney
 Anonymous Anonymous Mary Jane & Bryan Morgan
 Sarah C. Haney Anonymous
Jeff Arnstein & Michael Field
Mary Jane & Bryan Morgan
Debbie Meza


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ALPHA Chimpanzees

Late’s Family

Ron’s Family

 Dwight

Goofy, Teddy Bear,
Playful

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Kayla

Dominant, Regal,
Assertive

March 26 1987 Kayla

Sebastian

Mysterious, Charming,
Energetic

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Grace

Maternal, Moody,
Protective

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Alice’s Family

Kiley’s Family

Elway

Confident, Charming, Rambunctious

Elway

Tash

Leader, Colossal,
Eager

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Luke

Handsome, Kind,
Outspoken

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Norene

Demanding, Clever,
Appreciative

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Lou’s Family

Bobby’s Family

 Chaka

Cunning, Impassive,
Handsome

Chaka

Bell

Fearless, Loyal,
Confident

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Normand

Dignified, Authoritative,
Strong-Willed

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Tina

Friendly, Loving,
Leader

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Rufus’ Family

 Tanya’s Family

Gerro

Respected, Strong,
Teddy Bear

Gerro

Frieda

Loyal, Sweet,
Beautiful

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Worthy

Serious, Protective,
Authoritative

Jan 27 1989 Worthy

Gabriella

Confident, Devoted,
Nurturing

Gabby Gabriella Dec 2011

Doug’s Family

Tapioca’s Family

JB

Stoic, Loner,
Introspective

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Jennifer

Regal, Loyal,
Respected

Jennifer

Zeus

Intimidating, Vast,
Powerful

Zeus 2014

Katina

Courageous, Confident, Spirited

Katina Aug 2011 (5)

Freddy’s Family

Seve’s Family

Roger

Strong, Smart
Domineering

Roger

Cori-Lyn

Leader, Fair,
Loyal

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 Logan

Mischievous, Playful, Stubborn

Logan March 2011

Yvette

Loyal, Protective,
Laid-Back

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