WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Lion Nation Safari welcomed a child chimpanzee to its troop on Dec. 30, the primary born on the facility in over 16 years and the one one born in 2021 at an AZA-accredited zoological park. The newborn is making his debut on the island habitats within the protect, and friends driving via the safari may even see him clinging to mother.
This child is a big a part of chimpanzee conservation, contributing to the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP), a nationwide collaboration to avoid wasting them from extinction. Chimpanzees are listed as endangered and critically endangered in some areas by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with populations reducing as a result of habitat loss, poaching and illness.
As a result of standing of chimpanzees within the wild and the low variety of births within the inhabitants, this beginning is very uncommon and important for the conservation of the species.
The newborn is Irene’s first, and at some stage in the being pregnant, Lion Nation Safari’s chimpanzee care workforce labored intently with Irene to arrange her for motherhood. By way of voluntary coaching periods, Irene participated in ultrasounds, toddler heartbeat detection monitoring and practiced holding a stuffed animal child to her chest for nursing.
The toddler has been named “Tonk,” in honor of the Tonkolili Chimpanzee Venture, a conservation initiative in Sierra Leone. The Tonkolili mission was co-founded by Lion Nation Safari’s personal Dr. Tina Cloutier Barbour, Curator of Conservation, Analysis and Chimpanzees and Chimpanzee SSP Coordinator.
Tonk joins a household of two males and a pair of females. His aunt Juniper, Irene’s sister, may be very within the child, remaining near Irene’s aspect. The brand new mother is protecting however has let Juniper contact the child at instances, and Aunt Juniper will go get meals after which recline subsequent to Irene and the child. It’s clear Irene is having fun with her group being close by as she embraces motherhood.
Chimpanzee gestation is roughly 8 months. At beginning, chimpanzees weigh roughly 4 kilos (1.8 kg). Infants cling to their moms on and off for the primary few years however will keep intently hooked up for the primary 4 months earlier than changing into extra unbiased.
Lion Nation Safari is dwelling to 17 chimpanzees and is a proud participant within the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums’ Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan and the Chimpanzee Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Program. Lion Nation Safari can also be proud to help the Tonkolili Chimpanzee Venture.