Arrival of a new female chimpanzee
Tibe, a 20 years-old female Central chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) has just arrived from Barcelona Zoo. This transfer, recommended by the Central chimpanzee EEP, will allow to introduce this breeding female to our group which currently composed of 6 individuals: 3 males (including 2 juveniles) and 3 adult females.
The European Breeding Program for Central chimpanzee includes about 40 individuals. To ensure the long-term preservation of this subspecies categorized as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, the EEP wants to increase the number of births: females and males of reproductive age are therefore grouped together in order to form stable social units capable of raising infants.
Moving adult females to new groups "mimics" the natural social system of chimpanzees: in the wild, mature females usually leave their natal community to join a new group with non-related individuals.