Ngamba Island welcomes another baby
Ngamba Island’s chimpanzee community is celebrating the birth of a baby female chimpanzee. In this case we are allowed to say like mother like daughter because Kyewunyo (Surprise) just like her mother Katie, gave birth to a bouncing baby girl on 17th February at the sanctuary. Kyewunyo is a sub adult female Chimpanzee who conceived while on contraceptives (implant failure).
At the time of birth both the mother and the baby were in good health, although like all new mothers, Kyewunyo didn’t know how to breast feed her baby something which worried the care givers and Veterinarians who decided to bring in a new mother from Kiimi Island (an island neigbouring Ngamba) to help Kyewunyo learn how to feed her baby.
Through behavior imitation, within no time, Kyewunyo was breast feeding her baby.
Early last year we had a surprise birth of a baby boy by Afrika, a juvenile chimpanzee. The circumstances of his birth necessitated that we separate him from his mother for better medical attention as he had a broken arm. Now we are in the process of integrating the two baby chimpanzees into the community within the next months.
Chimpanzees are a very social species, they thrive better in a community other than as loners. It is therefore important that we have the babies join the group into the forest. This is a gradual process because chimpanzees do not easily accept new members into their already established communities. We shall introduce them first to the females with whom they create a bond in order to be protected against any future attacks from high ranking males.