Chimp Born At NC Zoo

A female chimpanzee has been born at the North Carolina Zoo, the first of its species born there in 12 years.

A statement from the zoo said the yet-to-be-named infant was delivered around 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

The mother is Maki, a 16-year-old female who was born at the N.C. Zoo. The father is Sokoto, a nine-year-old male who came to Asheboro in 2007 from the Miami Metro Zoo.

Both mother and infant were in good condition Monday afternoon and officials expect them to be on exhibit when the zoo opens on Tuesday.

The birth brings the number of chimps in the N.C. Zoo to 13 and remains the largest chimp troop in U.S. zoos.

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