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August’s Animal Attraction | Chimpanzee


august AOTM chimpanzeePhoto: Roy Lewis

Nestled within the Detroit Zoo’s community of 12 chimpanzees is the tiniest of the bunch, Zuhura, whose name is Swahili for “morning star”. The birthday girl, who turns 2 this month, is described by animal care staff as sweet, curious and carefree – the latter of which is demonstrated by her love of somersaults. She can often be seen playing with her half-sister, 4-year-old Akira, who she looks up to, watches intently and follows around in their 4-acre habitat in the Great Apes of Harambee. Zuhura also occasionally hitches a ride on the back of her grandmother, Abby. She enjoys grapes and apples, and sometimes makes a mess of her face when she eats blackberries.


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