You Choose Her Name
We need your help to name a very special new member of the chimpanzee troop!
The little one was born in August at the Oklahoma City Zoo and is being hand-raised at the Maryland Zoo with the intention to introduce her to a surrogate mom, chimp Abby, when she has achieved age-appropriate milestones such as being able to stand on her own, cling to the habitat mesh, and crawl.
The Chimpanzee Forest animal care team came up with the names that they feel embody this very special chimpanzee baby. The names up for vote are:
- Asha: An Indian name with multiple meanings. It means ‘hope’ in Sanskrit and ‘alive’ in Swahili. You can also connect this name to the ash tree, a tree of high, spiritual importance to the Norse and Celtic people.
- Olivia: It means ‘olive’ which also stands for ‘peace’
- Tulia: Swahili for ‘calm’ and ‘quiet’
- Maisie: Means ‘pearl’
- Nyota: (pronounced Nee-oh-tah) Swahili for ‘star’
Voting has now closed. Thank you for your support!
Support Her Care
Hand-raising a newborn chimpanzee baby takes a tremendous amount of resources, including time and money for supplies like formula and bottles. Your contribution supports our mission and the newborn’s constant 24-hour care.