Opal's Family Tree

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Opal

Park: Mahale
Gender: Female
Born: 1971
Still Alive: Deceased

A strong female who always acted like the Alpha Female. She was easily identified by the grey all over her body. She was also close with her family and very respected by other females within in the Group. Because of her high rank she was able to rescue her granddaughter from the attack of Bonobo and Fanana. She gave birth to an infant in 2003 who died only six months later; soon after its death Opal came into oestrus again and many of the M-group males were interested in mating with her. Fanana, the Alpha Male at the time, consorted her for a long time and this is when Fanana was kicked out of the group by other males and his regime ended. Again in 1998 Opal gave birth to an infant, named Oscar, who died at the age of 8 years in 2006. Opal enjoyed feeding around the low mountain range area, so was often spotted by tourists. She died in 2006 from the outbreak.

 
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Ruby

Park: Mahale
Gender: Female
Born: 1986
Still Alive: Alive

A shy female who was often seen in a small group of females or her own family. This behavior she learnt from her mother Opal. Ruby dissapeared in 2009 with her young son Rambo.

 
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Orion

Park: Mahale
Gender: Male
Born: 1990
Still Alive: Alive

A strong, young male, often referred to as the ‘crazy one’. Orion loves to throw sticks and stones when he display charges, so tourists need to be on the look-out when viewing him. He is also very good at using and holding tools.

 
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Rubiconi

Park: Mahale
Gender: Female
Born: 1998
Still Alive: Alive

A very relaxed young female with lots of character. Rubiconi lost one of her fingers on her left hand, and toes from one of her feet after an attack by Fanana and Bonobo shortly after she was born. She was saved by her grandmother Opal from these jealous males. Rubiconi disappeared in August 2010 with her second infant, Rambo, a male born in 2007.

 
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Reah

Park: Mahale
Gender: Female
Born: 2003
Still Alive: Alive

Reah, just like her grandmother who was the first victim of the pneumonia outbreak, died in 2006. 

 
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Rambo

Park: Mahale
Gender: Female
Born: 2003
Still Alive: Alive

A healthy young male, dissapeared with his mother Rubiconi in August 2010.