BALTIMORE — The Maryland Zoo added a new member to the Chimpanzee troop.
His name is Alex, and he hails from a small troop in Indiana.
After completing a standard 30-day quarantine, Alex started his one-on-one introductions and will be gradually introduced to the troop of 11, including three other males and eight females, ranging in age from 12 to 47 years old, at the Zoo’s Chimpanzee Forest.
“Since The Maryland Zoo has a much larger, dynamic troop, his introduction process will be strategic and unhurried. We monitor behaviors and reactions very closely. Our hope is that over time he’ll grow confident and comfortable around everyone, and settle into the troop," said Pam Carter, Chimpanzee Forest Area Manager at the Zoo.
Maryland Zoo officials say Chimpanzees are considered as endangered on the IUCN's Red List due to loss of their African forest habitat and disease.
To meet zoo keepers and ask questions related to chimp wildlife, you can catch up with them through the Chimpanzee Keeper Chats. They are offered on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Click here for information