Six New Chimpanzees Make Their Public Debut!

newchimpOn October 30, 2013 6 chimpanzees found a new home at the Houston Zoo thanks to the combined efforts of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE, the Houston Zoo, and Curtis and Bea Shepperson, the chimps’ owners.

The Sheppersons had been under pressure from officials in the Mechanicsville, Virginia area to relocate the chimpanzees because of a recent escape and the lack of proper licenses.

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9 a.m. the chimps – Toby, Kenya, Tanzee, Kira, Chaos and Sierra – completed their standard 30 day quarantine period and enjoyed their first day outside in the African Forest’s Onstead Foundation Chimpanzee Habitat. Tuesday was also Sierra’s 14th birthday.

The Onstead Foundation Chimpanzee Habitat is the newest such facility in the nation and widely regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent facilities.




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Shelby ColeWhen is it supposed to bloom?

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Martha VillasenorWhere in the zoo is reek located ? Is it somewhere visible we could see it..

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Tammy ErwinWhere in the Zoo is Reek located??? We don't want to miss getting a wiff of it.

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Trish McIntoshDoes Reek have her own page? Lois at HMNS was hugely popular a few years ago.

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Rebecca Ann ColeSally Nergaard remember when you and Kevy went and saw this flower in bloom?

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Ashley MaldonadoAwesome!!! I got to see the corpse flower at hmns 5 years ago! Would love to see it again!

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Tasha BhagwandinNot Theon… Reek!

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Destiny ShuteIs love to come see when it blooms

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Casey Jones"You are not Reek, you are Theon Greyjoy!"

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Tyler NunleyI know I'm not the only one who thought of Game Of Thrones when reading this? Lol

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Maura A CampuzanoToo cool

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Lee Anne BayYay, I'm so excited! Watching Lois bloom was a rollercoaster, can't wait to see this one!!

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Angelique RodriguezI've always wanted to see one of these up close!!! ( and of course smell it he he)

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Toni H. NobleWill it bloom before this weekend?

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Rachel PossoHa! Love the name.

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Lauren CoxDanny Rubalcava Houston has one now too.. maybe we should get one for the back yard..

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Alex HestilowI saw the most updated picture, is Reek going to bloom or is it lost? :(

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Kim Kooser KeefeAWESOME name!!!!

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Nicki StacySaw this last week, looking forward to updates!

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Maura A CampuzanoGaby Uribe, thought of you

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RickEy DentisPlease keep us updated on Facebook about it. I really want to go see this....thanks

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Neva KloeselRoni Hopkins Glasgow LOOK, Another one!! Be sure to share with your sister!! ;)

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Kayla RichardMelissa Shewbert take the daycare kids to smell this lol

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Meghan Catherine BernalLaura N Rich lets go to the zoo hahah

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Asiram Zellet YanezRose Chavez we should go see it!

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