Oklahoma City Zoo announces birth of female chimpanzee – KIRO 7 News Seattle

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has announced the birth of a female chimpanzee in the facility’s great ape habitat.

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According to a press release, 14-year-old Nia gave birth to the baby chimpanzee at 10:17 a.m. CDT on October 12. This is Nia’s second child.

The baby weighed about 4 pounds at birth and is in good health, according to zoo officials. The keepers named the chimpanzee Kiazi, which means “potato” in Swahili.

Nia was not displaying “appropriate mothering behaviors” towards the baby chimpanzee, so members of the zoo’s veterinary and primate care teams stepped in and began to help, according to the press release.

“The OKC Zoo is committed to caring for Kiazi through supported breeding with the ultimate goal of reuniting her with our chimpanzees,” Tracey Dolphin, the zoo’s primate curator, said in a statement. “Kiazi will be ‘rooted’ in her family troupe and will be reintegrated when she is old enough with the help of our proven surrogate chimpanzee mother, Kito.”

The infant now brings the zoo’s total chimpanzee population to seven. This includes four women: Nia, Cindy, 54, Kito, 35, and Kirsty, 21. The two males are Mwami and Ruben.

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