Baby Bonobo Born at Memphis Zoo, Now on Exhibit

Baby Bonobo Born at Memphis Zoo, Now on Exhibit

The Memphis Zoo announced the successful birth of a baby bonobo, the second in the zoo's history.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Memphis Zoo announced the successful birth of a baby bonobo, the second in the zoo's history.

The baby was born to parents Kiri and Mofana this past Mother's Day, May 12.

The sex of the baby is not yet known, but the veterinary staff will determine the bonobo's gender in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the staff is giving the group time and space to bond.

"We are excited about this birth," said Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs at the Memphis Zoo. "This is a species that needs a lot of help, so every birth is significant."

He continued, "Bonobos are still very rare in the wild and in captivity. They are a high conservation priority, and Mo and Kiri are a good genetic match."

Visitors can see the baby on exhibit. Updates will be provided regularly on the Memphis Zoo's website at memphiszoo.org.

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