Asheboro, NC - The chimpanzee exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo has grown by four, bringing the total number of chimps at the zoo to 16.
The NC Zoo said all four new chimps are females and made their debut appearance Thursday. The chimps came from the Dallas Zoo and first came to Asheboro in November. The family of four consists of Gari, 36-years-old, her two daughters Gerre and Gigi, 13-years old and 1-year-old, and Gari's granddaughter, Geni, 1-year-old.
The keeper supervisor for the NC Zoo chimpanzee exhibit, Jennifer Ireland, said that the chimps came to NC for two reasons: to breed and to help the Dallas Zoo because they had a hard time integrating these chimps with the ones at their exhibit. Ireland also said that the NC Zoo needed more younger females because of their aging population.
"We plan to work to move individuals between the two groups as this better replicates the natural social system of wild chimps," Ireland explained. "There are some members of our troop that are incompatible, and that's the reason we have two groups. But this arrangement will provide more complex and natural social experiences for all the chimps."
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