Koola, an 18 year old western lowland gorilla who resides at the Brookfield Zoo, has given birth to a baby girl. The baby’s father, Jojo, was sent from Lincoln Park Zoo to Brookfield last year based on a suggestion from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species’ Survival Plan. You may also remember the new baby’s grandma, Binti Jua, who was named Newsweek’s Hero of the Year for saving a human child in 1996.
You can see these gorillas at Brookfield’s Tropic Zoo: Africa exhibit.
Fascinating! From the Chicago Tribune:
“If you are a student of innovation, here is one lesson you can draw from a troop of chimpanzees at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo: There’s a payoff to trying unexpected things, even when the current state of affairs isn’t too bad.
The strongest chimps don’t innovate. Creative problem solving has come from the weakest with the least to lose. That’s a takeaway so far from a 10-month study designed to explore the role of innate curiosity in chimps.
“The little guy’s getting ahead, which is nice,” said research biologist Lydia Hopper.
The study’s structure has hewed remarkably to the way top business schools teach entrepreneurship.”
Check out the full story here.
Sad news… Keo, a male chimp at the Lincoln Park Zoo, had to be euthanized due to quality of life issues. Keo, 55, was the oldest male chimp living at a North American zoo.
Read more here
Wow! King, a baby black rhino, is now on display at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Black rhinos are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Conservation efforts in the wild include dehorning and fenced sanctuaries to prevent poaching.
Some black rhino facts:
- Have possible mutualistic relationships with oxpeckers; the oxpeckers get meals from parasites found in the rhino’s skin, while perhaps giving the rhinos advanced warning of approaching predators (thanks to the oxpecker’s superior vision)
- Aside from humans, predators include lions and spotted hyenas
- Did you know black rhinos have two (and sometimes three) “horns?” Also, did you know rhino “horns” are actually composed of keratin and not bone?
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Check out King’s full story here.