Daring Dunez

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 9:19am
Dunez

Dunez’s companions, Lemba, D’Joni and Wounda, spend hours playing and laughing. Of the three, Dunez is the best at moving through the trees. D’Joni tries to follow her, but he is not as coordinated, so he doesn’t move as quickly. Dunez is probably more skilled because she arrived at Tchimpounga at age three. As a result, she likely spent more time in the forest with her mother. Dunez constantly amazes the Tchimpounga caregivers with her enormous jumps. Occasionally, she drops down to the ground from a great height, but she has an uncanny ability to cushion her falls with her strong legs and hands.

 
When Dunez arrived at Tchimpounga, she also knew how to make a nest to sleep in at night. Sometimes, she takes a towel from her caregivers and climbs on top of a cabinet and carefully prepares her bed.
 
With the arrival of female Wounda, Dunez found a great friend. Wounda grooms Dunez several times a day and on Thursday, Wounda lifted Dunez onto her back for the first time and took her for a walk in the garden. Needless to say, watching Wounda and Dunez made the caregivers quite happy. Wounda’s behavior suggests she is recovering from her recent illness, as it requires quite a bit of strength to lift and carry Dunez.
 
For every "Chimpanzee" Blu-ray™ Combo Pack or HD Digital purchase made through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will donate to the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to protect chimpanzees, including those residing at the Tchimpounga sanctuary. Learn more.
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