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Meet Alizeti – SCZ’s newest chimpanzee

Aug 28, 2023 · Animal Story

Sedgwick County Zoo is excited to welcome a new member of the chimpanzee troop – a baby girl born last Sunday, August 20. Her name is Alizeti which means “sunflower” in Swahili.

a close up of a baby chimpanzee's face

Chimpanzee Chuckie gave birth in the presence of the troop during the early morning hours. The animal care team at SCZ observed mom and baby for a short time before coming to the conclusion that Chuckie was not exhibiting appropriate maternal behavior. In order to give Alizeti the best chance of survival, our team made the life-saving decision to remove her from the troop and provide human-assisted rearing during this first crucial stage of her development.

Human-assisted rearing involves round-the-clock care and attention for baby, designed to mirror how a chimp mother would naturally care for her infant. Just as mother chimpanzees never let baby out of their arms, our caretakers will do the same for at least a couple of months until Alizeti is developmentally strong enough to be reunited with the troop. At that point, she will be raised by a foster mother with support of the rest of the chimpanzee family. 

a baby chimpanzee on a yellow blanket holding a primate plushie

Our hearts are full of joy to welcome this sweet blessing and we can’t wait to share all of Alizeti’s milestones with you!


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