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The Ape Village was a village in Muir Woods. Some time after Caesar led an Ape Rebellion, he founded this village for his followers. It was where the San Francisco Ape Colony formerly resided and the home of the Royal Ape Family, where Caesar's Council of Apes held its meetings. The entrance was guarded by gorillas, the orangutans teach the young, and the doctors and soldiers are chimpanzees.

The Ape Village was later set ablaze by Koba when he usurped Caesar. Following its destruction, the apes abandoned their former home and made salvation in a hidden cavern with a tunnel system in a waterfall.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm[]

Settling in the woods[]

After the famous Ape Rebellion, the apes took to living in the Muir Woods. The first few days were hard as the apes had no shelter or supplies and on top of that there were several apes seriously wounded from the battle on the bridge. Caesar, the new alpha of the group realized he didn't think this far ahead when plotting the escape from captivity and now saw that his people were suffering from this unseen problem. The apes were also being pursued by a human force known as the Anvil who were seeking to capture the apes in order to find a cure for the Simian Flu which was killing many humans at a large rate. The apes soon found food but would learn the food carried tracking devices which was leading the humans to the ape's location putting the apes in situation as they were forced to move their wounded who still needed rest. The apes (thanks to Koba and Caesar) were later successful in eluding the humans.

Sometime later, they moved to the safety of the mountains where Luca initially proposed the formation of the Gorilla Guard to Maurice for the purpose of building a wall with the gorillas protecting the entrance of their temporary home while Caesar searches for a place for them to live. The Ape king Caesar decided to expand Luca's idea and protecting it from any dangerous intruders or predators that dared stray into their territory.[1]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes[]

Time of Peace[]

Ten years later, the apes created a large village in the Muir Woods with a population of over two thousand evolved apes. The apes have greatly evolved from the primitive creatures that society once knew as they have become more civilized, taking part in various activities such as sign language, hunting and medical training. The village is headed by Caesar, his wife and two sons who are known as the Royal Ape Family and with his leadership his people have enjoyed a decade of peace and happiness now possible due to less humans appearing after the Simian Flu Pandemic.

Humans in Ape Territory[]

The village was later visited by a human named Malcolm who upon entering became fascinated at the abilities of the evolved apes before he was spotted by Luca. The gorilla emerging from his hut, quickly alerted the other Gorilla Guardians to the area which made Malcolm immediately surrendered after seeing their number. The gorillas then captured Malcolm and dragged him through the village to Caesar for his judgment. Malcolm told Caesar and his followers he came to their village to ask for permission to work on the San Francisco Dam in order to restore power to the city and his group of humans. When power was brought back to San Francisco, the apes and humans celebrated over their cooperation together as their queen awakened from her illness thanks to the humans' generosity.

Koba's Usurpation[]

However, this moment was ruined when Caesar was shot by an unknown assailant. Additionally, the village goes up in flames, forcing the apes to flee from their homes. Koba, the shooter, quickly tells the apes that humans supposedly caused of the destruction of their village as Carver's baseball cap and a gun were found at the scene. He takes the mantle of Ape King for himself and tells the apes to attack the human colony in San Francisco to "avenge" Caesar's death and show the apes' superiority.

By the next morning, while the ape army occupied San Francisco, the fire had subsided and the Ape Village had an empty, burnt and smoldering remain of a once great monument. On the outskirts of the village, Malcolm and his family found a barely alive Caesar, who guided them to take him back to his childhood home in San Francisco for him to recover from his gunshot wound.


Made from the wood and fallen trees from around Muir Woods, the Ape Village is composed of many wooden huts to house the ape families. The village seems to be placed at the top of the hills and almost extends to many areas of the forest including the dam of San Francisco. The village's population of 2000 is diverse and consists of chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. On top of a certain hill overlooking the village is a large tree which is where the Royal Ape Family resided. A small platform within the courtyard acted as a classroom and teaching circle for young apes to learn history of the colony, sign language, and ape laws such as: "Knowledge is Power", "Ape Not Kill Ape" and "Apes Together Strong". Using both basic human sign language and written as well as modified ape languages, the ape's created their own form of writing which was written on the walls using stones and frequently tutored to the playful, yet easily distracted young chimps by Maurice the orangutan. There were also carvings, depicting the Ape Rebellion to describe the history to the young.

The Ape Gate was also crafted from felled or cut down logs and monitored by gorilla guardians, led by Luca to prevent intrusion. The apes also crafted self made spears and pikes which they outfitted with hunting trophies and kill remains, such as skulls and claws, placing the staffs as warning sign posts so that humans will understand the evolved apes' capabilities and to stay away from the village. These sign posts may have also been useful for ape citizens to help them find their way back home.

Known Occupants[]

  • Caesar † - King of the apes and founder of the ape colony. Cornelia's husband and the father of Blue Eyes and Cornelius.
  • Cornelia † - Queen of the ape colony. Caesar's wife and the mother of Blue Eyes and Cornelius.
  • Blue Eyes † - Caesar and Cornelia's first born child and son. Prince and heir of the ape colony. He is the elder brother to their newborn son Cornelius.
  • Cornelius - Caesar and Cornelia's second born son. Second Prince and heir of the ape colony. He is the younger brother of Blue Eyes.
  • Maurice - Teacher to the younger apes and best friend of Caesar, close friend of Rocket, and good friend of Luca.
  • Koba † - Caesar's rival, former advisor and former friend, and a former mentor of Blue Eyes and Ash. While overthrowing Caesar, he was responsible for the destruction of the Ape Village.
  • Ash † - Rocket's son, and Blue Eyes' best friend.
  • Stone - Follower of Koba who aided him burning down the Ape Village.
  • Rocket - Best friend of Caesar, close friend of Maurice and Cornelia, good friend of Luca, and the father of Ash.
  • Luca † - Leader of the Gorilla Guard Guardian and good friend of Caesar, Blue Eyes, Maurice, and Rocket.
  • Grey - Another follower of Koba who also aided Koba in burning the village down.


  • Please note that the tree is confirmed in a diagram of the Apes' territory to be Caesar's home (see in Gallery)..
  • Koba is the first and only known bonobo to live in the village as the apes are chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans.


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Image Gallery[]


Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red | Noa | Soona | Anaya | Raka | Koro | Dar | Proximus Caesar | Sylva | Lightning
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando | Luna | Oda | Rust
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova | Mae | Trevathan
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Korina
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear | Eagle | Zebra
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Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of Muir Woods Park | Attack on Ape Waterfall | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
San Francisco Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys | Florida Ape Colony | Rocky Mountains Ape Colony | Eagle Clan | Coastal Ape Colony | Order of Caesar | Satellite Human Colony
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | Ape Waterfall | The Border | Oasis
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: Devolution
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | War for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR