July 15, 2010 -
George, Knoxville Zoo's charismatic baby chimpanzee, is turning two years old
on July 19. To kick off his birthday weekend, George and the rest of the chimpanzee troupe will celebrate
with frozen treats at the Chimp Ridge exhibit on Friday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m., and visitors are invited out to
enjoy their antics.
A precocious two-year-old and Knoxville
Zoo's most popular resident, George stays
busy playing with his favorite toys and the
zoo's six other chimpanzees. He also
enjoys interacting with visitors and can
often be found engaging guests at the
Chimp Ridge viewing area in the mornings
or having a rambunctious swing-fest in the
Chimp Courtyard. The darling of the
chimpanzee troupe, George has especially
close relationships with his father, Jimbo,
and Debbie and Bo, two of the females in
the group who serve as surrogate "aunts".
George was born at Knoxville Zoo to
mother Daisy and father Jimbo on July 19, 2008, the result of a breeding recommendation made by the
Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan (SSP), which manages the breeding and placement of all chimpanzees in
zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Chimpanzees are endangered in the
wild, primarily due to illegal hunting for the bushmeat trade and widespread loss of chimpanzee habitats inAfrica.
"He's definitely got personality," says Amy Flew, curator of mammals at Knoxville Zoo. "It's been so much fun
watching him grow over the last two years, and our visitors have enjoyed it just as much as we have."
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392A from Interstate 40, the zoo
is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics,
conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and
ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more
information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxville-zoo.org.