KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — You might go bananas over this news! Zoo Knoxville is celebrating the birth of an endangered chimpanzee.
According to the Zoo’s Facebook page Binti, a 37-year-old chimpanzee, gave birth on Friday, April 22, to a healthy and thriving female. According to the zoo, the newborn has been named “Stevie” to honor the late Dr. Steve Ross, a beloved primatologist who dedicated his career to the care and study of chimpanzees and was a tireless advocate for their welfare.
There were some complications with the birth and medical attention was needed in order to help Binti with a retained placenta. The Zoo assured everyone that Binti is recovering well thanks to the quick actions of her caretakers and UT College of Veterinary Medicine.
The zoo stated that they will be continually updating everyone on the baby’s progress and when she might be available for viewing to the public.
Chimpanzees are an endangered species and Zoo Knoxville works in partnership with 32 other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure a healthy population.
“We have been extremely touched by the outpouring of care and support for Binti, Stevie, and our entire team,” said Lisa New, President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville. “We are committed to giving Stevie the best start in life and ensuring she continues to thrive. It is an important contribution to the survival of chimpanzees in our care and the reason that drives everything we do. Saving animals is our mission.”