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Chimps Should Be Chimps is a FREE iPad interactive storybook presented by Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE and Manning Productions. Check out the trailer and behind-the-scenes videos at www.chimpsshouldbechimps.com.

Meet Poe and Lulu, the zoo’s oldest chimp and his granddaughter. Curious Lulu knows Poe didn’t always live in the zoo -- what was life like when he was a tyke? As Poe traces his history, he reveals the hidden hardships of his childhood in entertainment and shares the joy he finds in his new home. The story celebrates the delights of swinging, climbing trees, being with family, and following Poe’s motto: above all, chimps should be chimps.

Features include:
⋆ Explore 16 vibrant, full-page illustrations and a rich, rhyming story
⋆ Tap to uncover secret surprises and sound effects
⋆ Collect all ten Chimp Facts hidden inside the zoo
⋆ Jump straight to your favorite scene from the “Pick a Page” menu
⋆ View the full collection of Chimp Facts at a glance
⋆ Learn more about Project ChimpCARE and the story’s background in “About the App”

Visit www.chimpsshouldbechimps.com to watch videos, learn more about Project ChimpCARE, read our behind-the-scenes blog, or contact us with questions or support requests.


The Story Behind the Story:

Chimps Should Be Chimps is intended to entertain, engage and educate. Recent studies show that seeing chimps dressed up for movies and advertisements gives people the wrong impression that wild chimpanzee populations are healthy and safe. To make matters worse, chimpanzee “actors” are often separated from their mothers at a young age, mistreated on set and abandoned once they are too old to control. Our primary goal is to raise awareness of the problematic issues surrounding chimpanzees in entertainment. We hope to explore these complex issues in an age-appropriate way while shaping a lifelong respect for these fascinating, endangered animals.

“The inspiration from the book came from trying to talk to my own kids about chimpanzees. The story aims to relate how chimpanzees deserve to be free from these antiquated practices of being dressed up for human amusement. But perhaps just as importantly, it conveys to kids the importance of being yourself and believing in what comes naturally to you.”
-- Steve Ross, Director of Project ChimpCARE


Please note that Chimps Should Be Chimps is designed as a read-aloud experience for parents and children to share. Read-to-Me mode is not available at this time.

What's New

Version 1.2

Orientation bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings

Just download it, great artwork, perfect for kids who want to interact


This "book" is great! It's well designed and the pictures have an incredible quality. It's not just a book on the iPad, it's much more. Your kids can interact with it and they can learn as well.

I would have paid for this app to make other projects like this possible!!

Looks like a great organization (Lincoln Park Zoo) came together with an great artist!

Great book!


Sad-and-sweet story of an old chimp named Poe, beautifully illustrated and full of fun facts. Reading it to a kid will be a pleasure, while the older kids who can read themselves will also have fun discovering all the book's interactive features.

Great quality and lesson


The artwork and interactivity on this app are outstanding. I used the app with my homeschooling 7th grader to discuss flashbacks and other literary techniques. Our 7 year old enjoyed it a lot.


Manning Productions
90.3 MB
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011 Manning Productions Inc.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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