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Chimpanzee born at Detroit Zoo on World Chimpanzee Day

Baby Jane, a female chimpanzee born shortly after midnight Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Detroit Zoo’s Great Apes of Harambee, was named after Jane Goodall. July 14 was World Chimpanzee Day. (WWMT/Detroit Zoo/Melissa Thueme)

A female chimpanzee born at the Detroit Zoo on the first World Chimpanzee Day was named after primatologist Jane Goodall.

The baby, named Jane, arrived early Saturday on the anniversary of the date in 1960 that Goodall first traveled to what is now Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Her goal was to study the social interactions of wild chimpanzees.

“For nearly six decades, Dr. Jane Goodall has been a passionate advocate for chimpanzees, and we are honored to name this little one after her on the auspicious occasion of the first World Chimpanzee Day,” Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, said in a written announcement on the birth. “We cannot think of a better way to recognize Dr. Goodall’s important work and bring awareness to the conservation of chimpanzees in the wild and their well-being in human care.”

Jane was estimated to weigh about 4 pounds at birth. She is the second baby born to its mother, 35-year-old Abby, and the fourth for its father, 22-year-old Imara.

Carter said the mother and baby are doing well.

Chimpanzees are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to habitat loss, disease, fragmented populations and illegal wildlife trafficking.

Zoo staff said the baby should be visible to Detroit Zoo visitors at the Great Apes of Harambee in a couple of weeks. The 4-acre indoor-outdoor habitat is home to 11 chimpanzees and three western lowland gorillas.

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