Photo: New chimps now on display at NC Zoo

Posted on: 9:40 am, January 11, 2013, by

One-year-old chimpanzees Genie (left) and Gigi (right) press their faces to the glass in the N.C. Zoo’s chimp exhibit during their first day on exhibit Thursday. (N.C. Zoo Photo by Tom Gillespie)

One-year-old chimpanzees Genie (left) and Gigi (right) press their faces to the glass in the N.C. Zoo’s chimp exhibit during their first day on exhibit Thursday. (N.C. Zoo Photo by Tom Gillespie)

ASHEBORO, N.C. — A few new members of the North Carolina Zoo’s chimpanzee collection are now on display for guests to observe. 

Four new female chimpanzees were brought to the N.C. Zoo from Dallas in November, bringing the zoo’s total number of chimps to 16. 

The chimps were on exhibit for the first time Thursday. 

They are part of a family group that includes Gari, a 36-year-old female, her two daughters — 13-year-old Gerre and one-year-old Gigi — and her granddaughter, also a one-year-old named Genie. 

The N.C. Zoo is caring for the family because the Dallas Zoo was having trouble integrating them into its troop of chimpanzees. 

The transfers were made at the recommendation of the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.