Saint Louis Zoo welcomes 26-year-old chimpanzee, Kijana - KMOV.com

Saint Louis Zoo welcomes 26-year-old chimpanzee, Kijana

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Just in time for World Chimpanzee Day on July 14, a 26-year-old male chimpanzee, Kijana, is making his public debut at the Saint Louis Zoo. (Credit: Robin Winkelman/Saint Louis Zoo) Just in time for World Chimpanzee Day on July 14, a 26-year-old male chimpanzee, Kijana, is making his public debut at the Saint Louis Zoo. (Credit: Robin Winkelman/Saint Louis Zoo)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Just in time for World Chimpanzee Day on July 14, a 26-year-old male chimpanzee, Kijana, is making his public debut at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Kijana moved to St. Louis from the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas in April to join the family, or troop, of eight at the Donn and Marilyn Lipton Fragile Forest in the Saint Louis Zoo.

The move was based on a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan, a program to manage a genetically healthy chimpanzee population.

Kijana is the father of Jumoke, a male born in 2015 at Little Rock Zoo.

“Kijana’s arrival at the Zoo and integration into our chimpanzee family is the result of tremendous teamwork between zoos, our dedicated animal care staff, and the animals,” said Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Primates at the Zoo.

Chimpanzees are critically endangered in their native home Africa. The Saint Louis Zoo helps care for chimpanzees through the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute.

For more information about Kijana, visit stlzoo.org

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