World’s rarest chimpanzee born at Chester Zoo gives ‘hope’ to critically endangered species

Adorable footage captures the world’s rarest chimpanzee in his mother’s arms after being born at Chester Zoo.

New mother ZeeZee - a critically endangered Western chimpanzee - safely delivered a tiny male baby on 9 December 2022 after an eight-month pregnancy.

The birth of the youngster - who will be named after a rockstar or famous pop icon to help boost the profile of the highly threatened species - has offered “hope” to efforts to ensure their long-term survival.

Footage shared by Chester Zoo shows the new baby “learning the ropes” from his mother and older sister Stevie.

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