'Rare' baby chimpanzee born at Florida safari park

A baby chimpanzee was born at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida, in late January, the second chimp born at the facility in a little over a year, the park said.

Lion Country Safari said the new arrival, Lili, was born to mom Juniper at the park on January 28. 

"Say hello to this little one!" the park wrote in an announcement on Facebook. "We are thrilled to share that we have welcomed another chimpanzee baby to our troop!"

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According to Storyful, Lili joins a family of two females and three males, including one-year-old Tonk, the park said.


Courtesy of Lion Country Safari


Courtesy of Lion Country Safari

The safari park said that the baby was making her debut on the island habitats in the preserve, and guests driving through the safari might be able to see her clinging to her mom.

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Lili’s birth was "especially rare" and "significant for the conservation of the species," due to the status of chimpanzees and the low number of births in the wild, the park said.