Memphis Zoo welcomes baby bonobo

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Mother Lily with Mpingo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s spring which means new additions at the Memphis Zoo.

A baby bonobo was born at the zoo or the second time in two years.

“Mpingo,” a boy, was born to parents “Lily” and “Mofana” April 28.

Mpingos are a type of African tree, often used to make music instruments.

According to the zoo, “Mother and baby are both on exhibit with other members of the bonobo group, or troop. As a matriarchal society, other females in the troop will help raise baby Mpingo, along with his half-brother, “Mobali,” who was born in May 2013.”

Bonobos are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are rare in the wild and captivity. There are estimates that place the wild population between 20,000-50,000, although this number is highly disputed.


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