ne of the oldest residents at Belfast Zoo has celebrated her fiftieth birthday.
Chimpanzee Lizzie was born on the zoo in 1972 to folks Josie and Tommy.
Age-related well being points led to Lizzie having a stroke in her early 40s after which once more in 2020.
Nevertheless, she has since shocked zookeepers and vets together with her restoration and has regained full mobility.
In recognition of their devoted work to Lizzie’s well being, the ape staff at Belfast Zoo had been introduced with a bronze award in 2021 from the British and Irish Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (Biaza) for Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
Senior keeper Lara Clarke mentioned: “For her exceptionally outdated age, Lizzie is a really vigorous aged girl with a giant, wholesome urge for food.
She is the dominant feminine of the troop and is revered and liked by each her chimpanzee companions in addition to all the maintaining workers
“She is the dominant feminine of the troop and is revered and liked by each her chimpanzee companions in addition to all the maintaining workers.
“She could be very sociable with guests and can typically be seen on the viewing window, interacting with the general public.
“We’re completely satisfied on daily basis that she is with us and hope to have the ability to have fun many extra birthdays together with her.”
Chimpanzees are an endangered species and face a really excessive threat of extinction within the wild. In accordance with the Jane Goodall Institute, there are presently an estimated 340,000 chimpanzees, down from about a million in 1900.
Zoo supervisor Alyn Cairns mentioned: “Chimpanzees and all ape numbers are in severe decline because of destruction of their habitats, searching and the unlawful animal commerce.
“Belfast Zoo is a part of a collaborative breeding programme and we play an vital position in worldwide chimpanzee conservation.
“These fascinating animals face an unsure future and, with out the help of conservation tasks and zoos world wide, these animals might disappear ceaselessly.”
Lizzie celebrated her milestone birthday by unwrapping her presents with the remainder of her troop.