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Swinging into a new year: Edinburgh chimp turns four

ByLara van Vorst

Feb 15, 2024
A chimpanzee clinging to a rope and holding a green wrapped gift in its mouth.

Masindi, a critically endangered western chimpanzee, celebrated her fourth birthday at Edinburgh Zoo on 3 February.

The Royal Zoology Society of Scotland (RZSS) told The Student that the chimpanzee received presents filled with her favourite treats.

Masindi shares her name with the nearest town to the Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS) in the Ugandan rainforest.

The project was first established in 1990, and since 2005 it has been receiving its core funding from RZSS.

According to the RZSS, the BCFS combines “cutting-edge research with practical action on the ground to study and protect a group of nearly 700 wild chimpanzees.”

Masindi is the youngest of 15 chimpanzees currently living at Edinburgh Zoo.

She and her fellow primates live in the award-winning Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo, which is “one of the world’s most interactive and innovative chimpanzee enclosures.”