Seven chimpanzees will be donated to the Chattanooga Zoo from the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University. This is the second chimpanzee donation from the research center. The donation was made possible through the collaboration of the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP), the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Chattanooga Zoo. The SSP is a population management organization among all AZA-accredited Zoos, nationwide. In addition to the chimpa nzee program, Chattanooga Zoo currently participates in over twenty SSP programs.
“The Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan is pleased to have worked with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center to find a new home for these seven chimpanzees at Chattanooga Zoo,” says Stephen Ross, PhD, chair of the Chimpanzee SSP. “This collaborative effort and the expertise at Yerkes and the zoo are key components to ensuring the long-term health and well-being of this group of chimpanzees.”