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Chimp Hand Prints available now!
Help support the redevelopment of Chimp World...
Our chimp family tree has grown and grown and we will be starting redevelopment of their enclosure in 2 phases. Phase 1 will begin in 2015 where we will be extending their outdoor enclosure to almost double its current size! It will also include fitting a sustainable heating system and high quality facilities for the chimps. The redevelopment of Chimp World will improve animal welfare as well as enhance our visitor’s experience. We will also be introducing new toilet facilities in the area for visitors.
Phase 1 is estimated to cost over £350,000. Phase 2 will include redeveloping their sleeping quarters and indoor area but this will be on hold until Phase 1 is complete.
We have 8 chimpanzees here at Colchester Zoo; 3 males and 5 females. Pippin is the adult male who was born at Twycross Zoo in March 1986 and has been here since January 1992. Billy-Joe, an adult female; has been here since March 1983 and is mother to both Tara, born in October 1985, and Kora, who was born in November 1999.
Tara is the mother of Tekita. Tekita, is a female born here at Colchester in February 1996. Tombe is male who was also born here in August 1996. Our chocolate chimp is Tumba, who was born in 2004 to Tekita and Pippin, making Billy-Joe a proud great-grandmother!
Tekita gave birth once again on 14th March 2009 to a black chimp, (not a chocolate one like her older brother Tumba). The baby has been sexed as a female so keepers have decided to call her Talia.
Purchase your own Chimp Hand Print for just £50...
Support our chimpanzees with a donation of £50.00 to go towards our registered charity, Action for the Wild, and you can have your own chimp hand print once the new enclosure is complete. This will show your dedication and support to all our chimps which will remain on display for many years to come.
Make your donation now and if you wish, you can provide us with a special message of up to 50 characters to go on your hand print...
Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation which will add 28% to the money donated.
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