Say G’day to Taronga’s newest baby chimpanzee whose mother was introduced two years ago from the Givskud Zoo, Denmark. The chimp is in good health and inseparable from mother Ceres. The birth of the new chimp is the first to bring new genetics to Taronga in 24 months.
Ceres has other babies, but this will be her first at Taronga Zoo. The birth has excited other chimps in the Taronga family.
Chimpanzees are considered an endangered species, with as little as 150,000 left in the wild. Mostly found across central and western Africa, chimps are under threat from poaching and disease. Ebola is the biggest cause of death in Africa, responsible for killing tens of thousands of chimps.
This birth is particularly significant as it ensures genetic diversity across Australia.
According to Senior Primate Keeper Richard Buzas, the sex of the baby chimp is yet to be identified, as Ceres is naturally protective of her newborn.
“Ceres is doing all the right things, feeding and caring for her baby, although given how close she keeps the baby to her, and that Ceres’ sister Naomi has been protective of her older sister and the new baby, we haven’t yet had been able to have a close look to see if it’s a boy or a girl,” said Richard.Image: Taronga Zoo
“We’ve had a few glimpses, so we feel confident at this early stage that it’s a girl,” Richard said.
“Once the sex is confirmed, we will give the baby a name which reflects its African heritage that also begins with the letter ‘C’ to show the Chimp’s relationship with Ceres,” he said.
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