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Chattanooga Zoo bids farewell to current chimps

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Goliath and Randi Goliath and Randi

The Chattanooga Zoo is relocating their chimpanzee troop, and will host a farewell party for the primates.

The two adult chimpanzees, Goliath and Randi, will make a new home with a larger chimpanzee group at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana May 13, 2015, according to a news release.

They two came to Chattanooga in May of 2001, as part of a larger group to be housed in the Gombe Forest exhibit. Goliath was born on September 9, 1976 and Randi on May 9, 1985. Both chimpanzees were housed at the Fort Worth Zoo before making Chattanooga their home for the last 14 years.

Joining the larger social group in Indiana will allow the animals to live more naturally and grow as intelligent individuals within their troop. The Potawatomi Zoo is a 23 acre AZA accredited Zoological institution in the Michiana area, and is home to over 400 animals.

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In 2011, Hank, one of the Chattanooga Zoo's most famous chimps, died in his sleep and prompted a necropsy by the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

A Chimpanzee Going Away party will be held Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm at the zoo. All related activities will be free with regular Zoo admission.

The Chattanooga Zoo's Chimpanzee exhibit will be empty, but the zoo is working with the Chimpanzee SSP and will be acquiring a new group of chimpanzees in the near future.

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