If you’ve been to the Fort Worth Zoo lately, you might have seen its latest addition without even knowing it.
That’s because the zoo’s baby bonobo ape, born two months ago and announced on the zoo’s Facebook page Wednesday, spends most of her time nestled close to her mother, Mchumba.
For nourishment, bonobos typically keep this habit for their first two years, the zoo said. The new baby, who’s still waiting on a name, was the fourth bonobo born at the zoo.
The three others — all of which live at the zoo’s World of Primates — are Kabili, Makolo and Layla. They were born at the zoo through a breeding program designed to bolster the endangered species.
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Bonobos “are one of humankind’s closest living relatives,” sharing more than 98 percent of human DNA, according to Bonobo.org. In the wild, they’re only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they’re expected to live about 54 years.
Last year, a western lowland gorilla was born at the zoo. The zoo held a naming contest for the baby primate and “Augustus” — Gus, for short — won.