The Sunday Review

Extremely rare – and extremely adorable.

The Chester Zoo Cheshire in England has received the birth of A Western chimpanzeeThe most. endangered subspecies of chimpanzees.

The zoo announced the baby boy’s birth in a Thursday news release. ZeeZee will have her little girl join the troop. of 22 Western British zoo chimpanzees

“We’re incredibly proud to see a precious new baby in the chimpanzee troop,” said Andrew Lenihan, team manager at the zoo’s primate section, in the release. “Mum ZeeZee and her new arrival instantly bonded and she’s been doing a great job of cradling him closely and caring for him.”

Lenihan claimed that the baby has already been accepted quickly by his extended families.

“A birth always creates a lot of excitement in the group and raising a youngster soon becomes a real extended family affair,” Lenihan went on. “You’ll often see the new baby being passed between other females who want to lend a helping hand and give ZeeZee some well-deserved rest, and that’s exactly what her daughter, Stevie, is doing with her new brother. It looks as though she’s taken a real shine to him, which is great to see.”

A tiny baby is also an asset. critically endangered population.

“He may not know it, but ZeeZee’s new baby is a small but vital boost to the global population of Western chimpanzees, at a time when it’s most needed for this critically endangered species,” Lenihan added.

This is a tradition that dates back decades. Chester Zoo’s newborn will be named after a famous rock star, according to the news release.

The Western chimpanzee It is the only chimpanzee Assorted subspecies “critically endangered” International Union for Conservation of Nature indicates that they are faced with challenges “an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.” This species is extinct in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Togo but it’s still found in some areas of West Africa has the most people remaining in Guinea.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a 80% decline in population of this subspecies. according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The ape’s numbers have plummeted due to habitat destruction, poaching, and disease.