It’s a BOY!

Sedgwick County Zoo’s (Wichita Kansas) Chimpanzee Mahale gave birth to a baby boy yesterday, Nov. 15, via C-section performed by Drs. Whisler and Chibry of College Hill OB-GYN along with the Zoo Veterinary team.

Baby had a bit of trouble getting enough oxygen at birth, so he is being treated in the Zoo’s Vet hospital by animal care staff. Today he is doing extremely well and should be able to be reunited with mom very soon!

Chimpanzee baby

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Lisoko Is Nearly 8 Months Old!

ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen’s chimp infant Lisoko is now almost 8 months old. He’s slowly becoming more and more independent. Mother Jahaga leaves him more and more often to 7-year-old Dayo, who proudly carries the little one around and even climbs with him to the top of the tree. As you can see in the video, he takes care of Lisoko very nicely. Also, Yumma and even the 5-year-old Kojo are now allowed to go for a romp on the exhibit with Lisoko. Lisoko is still being nursed, but he is already eating solid foods like salad or carrots. He can already walk on all fours. However, when his mother as well as the other chimpanzees move too far away from him, he is not fully independent yet and he calls for Jahaga.


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Stevie The 5-Month-Old Chimp Is Taking Some Big Steps At Zoo Knoxville!

Due to complications at birth, Stevie had to be hand-raised. To integrate back more easily into the troop, it is crucial for a hand-reared infant chimp to develop normal social behaviors early on.

Stevie currently has a feeding at midnight. This is something she will need to be able to drop so that the routines of the other chimps are not disrupted by this late-night feeding.

In the meantime, Stevie is hitting all her milestones and getting used exploring her home!

Chimpanzees are being driven to extinction by habitat loss, disease, and their biggest threat, illegal poaching. Zoo Knoxville is working in partnership with 32 other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to ensure a healthy population remains as hope for the future.

6-week-old Meets Kioja and Milo!

Little one, meet Kioja and Milo! The Spillman family shot this video that features the moment when their new baby caught the eyes of a few of Kansas City Zoo’s chimpanzees. Kioja, a female who recently turned 28, has been an excellent biological mother in the past and was even considered for the surrogate role for one of the zoo’s youngest chimps, Ruw. This clip also shows 7-year-old Milo, demonstrating his own fun and silly approach to getting the family’s attention. The Spillman family said this visit was their then 6-week-old baby’s first time at the Zoo, and the incredible interaction will be a moment they will remember forever!

Video courtesy of Brooks and Brenna Spillman taken at Kansas City Zoo

Learning To Climb! An Akida Update

Remember watching baby Akida learning to walk with the help of Mom Sally at Wellington Zoo? Now he’s on to the next milestone: climbing! Doting parents, Lex and Sally, stuck close by and gave Akida all the encouragement he needed. If this doesn’t make your heart melt, we’re not sure what will!

🎥 Keeper Danni

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UPDATE: Chimpanzee Stevie @ 10 weeks

UPDATE: Chimpanzee Stevie is now 10 weeks old, 6lbs. and thriving at Zoo Knoxville. She is beginning to crawl, working on sitting up and getting her first tooth any day now! A team of expert caregivers are still caring for her around the clock until she reaches a more independent stage to reunite with the troop. She spends face time with the other chimpanzees daily at Chimp Ridge.


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