Baby bonobo born at Memphis Zoo - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Baby bonobo born at Memphis Zoo

(Source: Memphis Zoo) (Source: Memphis Zoo)

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Zoo is announcing a very special addition to its ape family, but they cannot yet say whether it is a boy or a girl.

The baby bonobo was born on Mother's Day to parents Kiri and Mofana. Bonobos are part of the greater ape family and look very much like chimpanzees.

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

According to the zoo, bonobo babies are born basically helpless. Each female in the group will play a significant role in raising the baby, carrying it around for the first couple years of its life.

Zookeepers do not yet know the gender of its new addition, but will be able to determine whether it is a boy or a girl in the coming weeks.

Visitors to the zoo can see the baby bonobo on exhibit right now. The exhibit is home to five bonobos and is located across from the hippo exhibit.

Bonobos are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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