A chimpanzee that was born in January at the Detroit Zoo is now in the care of his adoptive mother.
Zane was born on Jan. 7 to his mother, Chiana, 26, who is also the mother of a 6-year-old chimpanzee. Soon after Zane’s birth, Chiana became ill, and once she recovered, she didn’t have an interest in taking care of Zane, the zoo said in a news release.
“It’s a story of great dedication,” Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, said in the release. “Nights, weekends and through a pandemic — Detroit Zoo primate staff cared for the baby chimpanzee around the clock. And now it’s a very heartwarming story of a baby who has found a devoted, adoptive chimp mom and family.”
For the last five months, the primate care staff have been taking care of Zane, teaching him how to drink milk out of a bottle, carrying him constantly and getting him ready to transition to life with an adoptive mother, the release stated.
Zane was placed in the Great Apes of Harambee building during this time instead of a nursery so he could observe other chimpanzees, the zoo said.
The zoo collaborated with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan to incorporate Zane into a new family. When he was introduced to a mother, Trixi, 50, and her daughter Tanya, 29, the connection was there, the zoo said.