Monday, August 23, 2010

Chimpanzee Born At Sunset Zoo In Manhattan

Sunset Zoo is pleased to announce that Susie, the 56-year old chimpanzee matriarch, delivered a healthy baby Wednesday, August 18, at 4:45 pm. Mother and baby are doing very well and have been under observation by trained volunteers and staff since the birth. Julian, Sunset Zoo’s sole male chimpanzee, is the father.

In the wild, chimpanzees live 40 – 45 years on average. Susie is the third oldest chimpanzee among Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited zoos and has been under the medical care of the Kansas State University veterinary team since her pregnancy was confirmed.

“Susie was removed from birth control because of medical concerns. The feeling was that she was too old to get pregnant and while this was certainly unexpected, we’re very happy that both Susie and baby appear to be doing well”, said Scott Shoemaker, Sunset Zoo Director. “We’re glad K-State played such a vital role in a healthy pregnancy and invite people to come to Sunset Zoo and watch the baby grow.”

The chimpanzee troop has full access to their outdoor enclosure, indoor Ballard Gallery, and evening dens. Mother and baby have moved in and out of the public viewing area at will since the birth. Sunset Zoo staff and trained volunteers will continue to keep the new mother and infant under observation.

Full story here.

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