Chimpanzee

Spring is that you? Autumnal Baby Boom Hits Taronga Zoo

With the Easter long weekend and autumn school holidays just around the corner, Taronga Zoo Sydney  has a spring in their steps as a baby boom spreads across the zoo with a view. From a newborn Pygmy Hippo calf learning to dive, two adventurous chimp babies learning the ropes, an impending public debut of a young seal pup and the ecstatic announcement of twin Red Panda cubs – there is so much to see and do at Taronga Zoo.

Cekiri reaching out whilst holding mum Ceres' hand - by Keeper Scott Brown

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Newborn Chimpanzee: First Images in the Equatorial Jungle of BIOPARC Valencia

January 2024. First images of the newborn chimpanzee in the equatorial jungle of BIOPARC Valencia. The process is progressing very positively, and the upbringing is proceeding normally. The pleasant temperatures allow the newborn to be observed in the outdoor area, visible to visitors. The Valencia park houses the largest group in Spain of the endangered subspecies Pan troglodytes verus and plays a crucial role in the European conservation program. Additionally, the BIOPARC Foundation collaborates with the Jane Goodall Institute in the preservation of this species in Africa. More information: www.bioparcvalencia.es

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BIOPARC Valencia Announces the Joyful Birth of a Chimpanzee

BIOPARC Valencia houses the largest group in Spain of the subspecies Pan troglodytes verus, critically endangered, and plays a crucial role in the European conservation program for this species. In addition, the BIOPARC Foundation collaborates with the Jane Goodall Institute in the preservation of this species in Africa. The "baby" was born in the early hours of the day, and the development is progressing very favorably.

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Catching Up with 4-month-old Alizeti

Sedgwick County Zoo excitedly welcomed a new member of the chimpanzee troop – a baby girl born August 20. Her name is Alizeti which means “sunflower” in Swahili.

Chimpanzee Chuckie gave birth in the presence of the troop during the early morning hours. The animal care team at SCZ observed mom and baby for a short time before coming to the conclusion that Chuckie was not exhibiting appropriate maternal behavior. In order to give Alizeti the best chance of survival, the team made the life-saving decision to remove her from the troop and provide human-assisted rearing during this first crucial stage of her development.

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Surprise: Critically Endangered Chimpanzee Born at Beekse Bergen

Hilvarenbeek, October 30, 2023 - A West African chimpanzee has been born at Beekse Bergen. The gender of the newborn is not yet known. Mother and the young one are doing well.

Caregivers at the safari park were not certain if mother Nadine was pregnant, as the latest pregnancy tests turned out negative after earlier positive results. The same pregnancy tests used for humans are employed for great apes.

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Must-see Vision Of Zola 'Being Mum' With Little Happy 

We just had to share this heartwarming vision of three-year-old Zola playing at 'being mum' with little chimp, Happy. 

In the film you can see Zola carefully preparing a nest for her 'make believe' baby (actually a stone), then being allowed to carry her little troop friend, five-month-old Happy, under the close supervision of mum Hannah before lastly, having a careful cuddle with the very wriggly one while Hannah watches on. 

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"Zola has always had a very maternal side and we have often caught her playing with rocks and building nests for her stones, even picking them up and carrying in her leg pocket as some ape mother's do. Since Happy was born, Hannah has been allowing Zola to get closer and closer to her baby boy. Recently she was allowed to carry him under Hannah's guidance and often has him in her lap," says Laura Hanley, Senior Keeper Primates, Monarto Safari Park.

"While sister Hope is interested in her brother, Zola is infatuated," finished Laura. 

Chimpanzees, like humans, are highly social animals and often share the caring of young. 

Monarto Safari Park is home to troop of 13 Chimpanzees and supports the Jane Goodall Institute Australia as well as Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone. 

For more information about the Chimpanzee troop and how you can support the species conservation, please visit monartosafari.com.au.


Primate Playtime at Zoo Palmyre

Play is a fundamental component of social learning in primates.

Among other things, it allows the development of motor, neurological and cognitive abilities. It also promotes the acquisition of certain behaviors.

The baby chimp seen here at Zoo Palmyre is 14-months old and playing with a 19-year old male.

The Great Ape childhood, spanning across the first 4 years, is a time of play and discovery. Far from being futile, long solo or group fun sessions lay the foundation for the rules of dominance in adulthood and social integration of the individual in his group.

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Must Watch Video: Tummy Tickles for Little Happy

A sprinkling of Happy-ness for your Thursday

How could you not be ‘Happy’ when watching this cute video!

In footage that’s sure to brighten you day, Adelaide Zoo keepers have shared this gorgeous moment two-month old Chimpanzee, Happy, had some tummy tickles and kisses with mum, Hannah, and big sister, Hope.

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