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(Neb)-Scottsbluff Zoo Gets 5 New Chimpanzees

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/13/2019 08:03 AM
SCOTTSBLUFF - After 7 months with no chimpanzees, the Riverside Discovery Center Zoo in Scottsbluff now has 5 of them as part of the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan.

     RDC Director Anthony Mason says Scottsbluff is one of 30 U-S zoos taking part in the program, as is the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, which donated the 5 chimps to the Scottsbluff facility.

        The RDC has been without a chimp since last October when it sent its last one, 26-year old Scooter, to the Houston Zoo and a new family there. Scooter had been at Scottsbluff for 25 years, but was left alone after his surrogate mother Sarah died at 49.

     Biologists with the Species Survival Plan concluded the Scooter should be with other chimps and that the troop in Houston would be the best fit for his personality and needs.

     Mason says plans were also made at that time to eventually bring in more chimps, leading the zoo to renovate and update its chimpanzee exhibit with newer housing areas, more climbing structures, elevated platforms and hammocks, and addition food chutes and mounts.

      Mason says the bigger and better exhibit is just one component of the zoo's master plan to support conservation, education, discovery and recreation," he continues.

     The public will meet the chimps this Saturday during a special fundraising pancake breakfast. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased by calling 308-630-6236 or emailing vlarariversidediscoverycenter.org


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