Houston Zoo welcomes 6 new chimps

Houston Zoo welcomes 6 new chimps

Credit: STEPHANIE ADAMS / HOUSTON ZOO

The Houston Zoo threw a welcome home party for six new chimps Tuesday. Toby, Kenya, Tanzee, Kira, Chaos and Sierra were given bright bags full of treats. The chimps are between 10 and 17 years old. They were seized from a private compound in Virginia.

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by KHOU.com staff

Stephanie Adams / Houston Zoo

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 10:33 AM

HOUSTON -- The Houston Zoo threw a welcome home party for six new chimps Tuesday.

Toby, Kenya, Tanzee, Kira, Chaos and Sierra were given bright bags full of treats.

The chimps are between 10 and 17 years old. They were seized from a private compound in Virginia.

Officials said the previous owners treated them like family, but lacked the proper licensing.

“And they wanted to keep them together,” said Beth Schaefer with the Houston Zoo. “They had been living as a group for several years and it’s really important for chimps and their social lives to live as a family unit. So we had the space and we were able to keep all six together. So here they are.”

The new chimps join the current residents in the African Forest exhibit.

 

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