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 Mahale Chimpanzees 2008
Primus, a senior male
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Primus was ranked no. 3 in the group's social hierarchy at the time of our visit. Despite his relatively young age (16) he was seen to be to making good progress up the status ladder. Subsequent to our visit he has risen further in the standings! In 2011 he was involved in a fight with the incumbent "tyrannical" alpha male (Pimu), which then led to a number of the other males ganging up and attacking Pimu, resulting in his death. Leadership of the group now appears to be disputed between Primus and another, older, male Alofu.