King of the Swingers
Wednesday 16 October 2002
New baby chimp, Elvis, born at Whipsnade
Whipsnade is all shook up with the birth of Elvis, the chimpanzee. Born on 14th August and weighing 3lbs, Elvis will certainly shake, rattle and roll all the visitors to Whipsnade while he's growing up.
Elvis is just starting to crawl, but can usually be found clinging onto mum. Little Elvis certainly won't be lonesome tonight with big brother Phil and the other 5 members of the group to look out for him. In about six months, he will start to walk and venture short distances from the safety of mums' side although he won't be fully independent until he's about 18 months old.
Elvis is already starting to practise his vocal skills by mimicking the group when they call to each other. Chimpanzees live in very complex social groups from whom Elvis will be able to learn all the skills he'll need for his adult life.
A little less conversation, a little more action is guaranteed with plans for the new chimpanzee enclosure. Elvis and the other chimps have lots to look forward to, the new state of the art enclosure will have a huge indoor gymnasium which will be located in a much larger paddock than the current one. The space will have beautiful landscaping and a water feature that Charlie Dimmock would be proud of. It is due to be opened in summer 2003.
If you would like any further information, please contact Jacqueline Ray on 020 7449 6236. www.whipsnade.co.uk
Notes to Editors
- Chimpanzees can live to up to 50 years
- Chimpanzees stay with the mother for about 4/5 years
- Chimpanzees live in social groups
- Chimpanzees are an endangered species which is currently under threat from the bushmeat trade
During the photocall, keepers can put food out for Bonnie in the enclosure while the other chimpanzees are in their indoor enclosure which will allow just Elvis and his mum to be photographed.
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: our key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in other countries world-wide.
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