Double the fun: ABQ BioPark Zoo welcomes twin chimpanzees [PHOTOS]

Double the fun: ABQ BioPark Zoo welcomes twin chimpanzees [PHOTOS]

Cuteness overload hit the ABQ BioPark Zoo on November 4th when 38-year-old chimpanzee, Elaine, gave birth to twins!

The gender of the twins is undetermined, but they are both happy, healthy and enjoying spending time snuggling with their mom in the sunshine. They are currently out and about with the rest of the group delighting zoo visitors.

[Update as of April 9, 2015] The gender of both twins is male! After an online contest through the Zoo, the winning names for the twins are Rio and Dezi. So fitting!

Chimp Babies - ©ABQ BioPark

Chimpanzees traditionally give birth to a single baby, but the suspected father chimp has previously sired both twins and triplets. 

Learn more about the babies in this fun video from the ABQ BioPark below (and head over to the zoo to check them out for yourself!).



Kelly enjoys hiking in the Sandias, admiring the Albuquerque sunset from a rooftop patio and being a foster mom for dogs at a local animal shelter. She is a Wisconsin native and a fan of craft beer and crossword puzzles. She recently relocated from Albuquerque to Georgia. 


Kelly was the Social Communications & ABQ365 Manager for Visit Albuquerque until December 2014. The opinions shared on this blog are her own.   

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