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Maryland Zoo's Rozi the chimpanzee becomes first time mother

Name to be voted on by the public
Baby Chimp Maryland Zoo
Posted at 9:56 AM, Jul 09, 2024

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Zoo is celebrating a new addition to their family.

Rozi the chimpanzee gave birth on June 10, becoming a first time mother.

The baby joins the zoo's three other young chimps; Lola, Violet and Maisie, who were born in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

For now though, the baby is being cared for around the clock by zoo staff.

Maryland Zoo welcomes newborn chimp

There was some concern about the lack of milk she was getting from Rozi, but her condition has since stabilized.

Still, the baby will need a bit of time before reuniting with her mother and the rest of the zoo's chimp troop.

Baby chimp

As for the name, the zoo narrowed it down to three options; Astrid, Iris and Ivy.

The public will be given final say, choosing between the three names.

In order to vote, the Zoo requires a $25 donation that goes towards the baby's healthcare.

News of the birth is even more special considering chimps are endangered with only about 150,000 left in the wild.

To donate and vote, click here. Voting is open until 11:59pm on July 31.