A critically endangered Western chimpanzee has been born at Chester Zoo. The baby was safely delivered by 43-year-old mum, Mandy, overnight on Friday 21st August, following an eight-and-a-half-month pregnancy. Primate experts at the zoo are yet to determine the sex of the new arrival, but have declared the birth as a ‘hugely significant’ for the species. New estimates suggest that as few as 18,000 Western chimpanzees remain in Africa and it’s the first subspecies of chimpanzee to be added to the list of critically endangered apes.
Footage Credit: Chester Zoo.