Chimp from 1930s US ‚Tarzan‘ films dead at 80: zoo

(FILES): This mid-December 2011 photo obtained December 28, 2011 courtesy of the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary shows Cheetah, the chimpanzee said to have performed in the „Tarzan“ films of the 1930s, who has died at the age of 80, according to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida where he lived. „It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member on December 24, 2011,“ the sanctuary announced on its website. Cheetah was said to have performed in „Tarzan the Ape Man“ (1932) and „Tarzan and His Mate“ (1934), classic films about a man reared in the jungle starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan. Similar claims were made about another very old chimpanzee, named Cheeta, which lives in California. But a writer researching that chimp in 2008 found considerable evidence it was too young to have appeared in the films, and its owners have accepted the findings on their website, cheetathechimp.org. The average life span of a wild chimpanzee is around 45 years. AFP PHOTO / Suncoast Primate Sanctuary / Ron PRIEST == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT „AFP PHOTO / Suncoast Primate Sanctuary“ / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==