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It has been a really exciting few months at Monarto Zoo's chimpanzees house. As many of you know Zombi is pregnant with approximately three months to go until the big day. We're putting multiple plans and procedures in place to prepare for the birth. This is the first pregnancy for the Monarto chimp group and we hope will result in our first successful infant. Zombi has definitely developed a belly and a new increased appetite. We're monitoring her closely and working with our vets to ensure she has the required nutrients, including giving her Foliate supplements as part of her already extensive diet. If you come to visit the group, Zombi is a very distinctive female. She's the lady with the incredibly large biceps and will often be found resting in the sun with her hand over her belly!
Pleasantly plump Zombi taking a break in the sun. Photo: Dave Mattner
Hi, my name is Laura Hanley and I'm currently the Acting Senior Keeper of Primates at Monarto Zoo. I've worked with the majority of species at Monarto for more than 10 years and more recently with the Zoo's primates.
Check it out - that's world-famous Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall's ponytail behind Laura!
On the 27 August, 2 male Chimpanzees (Boyd and Gombe) from Wellington Zoo joined our 2 boys at Monarto Zoo. They are currently in quarantine in the Chimpanzee House, and getting to know Sandali and Tsotsi while doing quarantine. This is going above all expectations according to the keepers.
On the 15th September, the animals are being tested for TB as part of conditions of import. Once released from Quarantine, and once all the chimps are ready to coexist, Boyd and Gombe will venture into the new exhibit.
We will then prepare for the arrival of 4 females from Burgers Zoo in Holland, which will give us a group of 8. Timing of this arrival is yet to be finalised, as it is important that the male group is cohesive first. There are also quarantine preparations in Burger Zoo to be completed first.
Final touches has been put on preparations for the import of 2 Chimps from Wellington Zoo. This included the approval of the facility by AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) to import and quarantine the animals at the new facility at Monarto Zoo.
Last Wednesday, officers from AQIS inspected the facilities and provided feedback on the documentation to finalise this import.
We expect to be able to import the chimps on August 27. The animals will be quarantined inside the building (with the existing 2 animals). Once released from Quarantine we expect to be able to introduce the 4 animals to the outside area.