Zira was a female chimpanzee veternarian and noted scientist in the areas of psychology on the Ape world. Zira performs brain research on humans, who on her world are considered no different than lab animals. She believes studying lower lifeforms like man can lead to medical advancements for her Simian race. She discovers Taylor, a man who can speak, and refers to him as "Bright Eyes". She finds the tale of his origins fascinating and convinces her husband Cornelius that they have to help Taylor escape Ape authorities.
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