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Great Britain. The world’s rarest chimpanzee was born at Chester Zoo

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Chester Zoo in England showed off a recently born long-haired chimpanzee. This is the rarest chimpanzee subspecies. Over the past half century, their population has decreased by 80 percent. It is customary at this zoo to name chimpanzees after rock stars.

The cub was born on December 9, but only now the zoo employees showed how it is doing. The animal joined 22 other chimpanzees at Chester Zoo. He still clings to his mother’s fur coat, ZeeZee, but will soon become more independent.

The young member of the herd is known to be a male. He doesn’t have a name yet. Chimpanzees born in this zoo get them in honor of rock stars.

Over a quarter of a century, their population has declined by 80 percent

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Long-haired chimpanzees (P. troglodytes verus) is the rarest subspecies of the common chimpanzee (Mr. troglodytes). It is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Over the past 25 years, its population has decreased by 80 percent.

Andrew Lenihan of the zoo said the birth of the chimpanzee is a “small but significant boost to the global population” of the species.

Long-haired chimpanzees are found naturally from Senegal to Ghana in West Africa. Extinct in Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo, it was reported. Hunting, forest destruction and extensive habitat loss are among the reasons for the species’ decline.

Main photo source: Reuters/Chester Zoo

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