Date of Birth: CAPTURED IN AFRICA (estimated birth in 1921)
Nana was one of 16 chimps that were presented as a gift to the Anthropoid Research Station by the "Pastoria" station of the Pasteur Insitute in Kindia, French Guinea. Henry Nissen brought Nana, 5 males and 10 other females back from Africa on June 17, 1930.
Date of Death: March 13, 1945
Nana died from blood loss and shock after an induced delivery. The infant was also lost. Nana was approximately 35 when she died.
Children: Don (with Pan), Gamma (with Bill), Dan (with Jack), Bona (with Bokar)
Also known: Pan and Nana were described by James Elder as "the most affectionate pair of adult chimpanzees" he had observed. On Augutst 5, 1933 he noted "It is seldom that one comes to greet an attendant without the other. This morning, when making observations of sexual status, I found them lying on the floor grooming each other. My calls did not disturb them for some time. When Nana finally arose Pan grasped her gently with a foot and began to clean her eyes and face." Pan and Nana were allowed to stay together with their son Don and were the first chimpanzee family observed together in captivity.