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September 30, 2020
Utamu: Path to Motherhood Part VI
Chimpanzees are extremely social animals. They live in groups with multiple males and multiple females, and these communities can reach over 100 individuals! During the day, different sub-groups will break off to search for food and socialize, and then come back at night to join the rest of the community. This is called fission-fusion. Our chimps at the Saint Louis Zoo are no different!
Utamu will be very protective of her new baby, but chimps close to Utamu will no doubt be spending a lot of time with Utamu and her new addition. Rosebud, the grandmother, and Beauty, another older member of the group, will no doubt dote on Utamu and the little one. Once the infant is old enough, many individuals, such as Kijana, will be excited to play with Utamu and her new baby. We can’t wait to see the new relationships that will form with a new addition to our chimpanzee group!