Hurray! There Are Now Chimps At Pretoria Zoo


I’m delighted to inform you that you can once more visit our ancestral relatives at Pretoria Zoo. The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa disclosed on its Facebook page that the two new handsome chimps it received late last year have, “officially made their move to their new enclosure.”

Does that mean we can now go see our ancient siblings at the aforementioned zoo? Yes! But all you’ll have for now is to witness “the introduction process on CCTV cameras that have been installed in the enclosure. You can as well checkout the video and other educational resources installed at the viewing area of the enclosure if you needed to know more about how the introduction is progressing.

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The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa received the two male chimps from the Ramat Gan Zoo in Tel Aviv and the Tisch Family Zoo in Jerusalem, Israel. The two creatures as related, “adapted well to their new environment at the zoo’s animal hospital’s quarantine facility, as well as to each other” regardless of the fact that they “did not know each other” as they were from different zoos.

It was gathered that the National Zoo had been negotiating with international zoo community, trying to get some good chimps for its zoo. Visitors had always been disappointed with the zoo have coped without chimps for a number of years.


Thus, and in line with the standard practice of zoos exchanging animals in order to sustain their population, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) placed the two male chimps, Moti and Abshalom under the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. Luckily, they were listed as surplus by their respective zoos.

In case you’re thinking it’s rude to refer to Moti and Abshalom as our siblings, then you’ve to know that humans and chimps DNA is very similar. How else can the DNA be similar if we’re not so closely related?

As we’ve always been told by the authorities in this field, humans, chimps and bonobos are descendants of a single ancestor species that lived some six or seven million years ago. It is believed that humans and chimps gradually evolved from a common ancestors. As such the DNA changed from generation to generation which ultimately brought about the differences between human and chimp in appearance and in behavior.

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