Riverside Discovery Center welcomes five chimps to the public

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - The public will get to see the newest chimpanzees this Saturday at the Riverside Discovery Center.

Zoo Director Anthony Mason stated there are five chimps, one male and four females, and range in age between 22 and 27 years old. The zoo already had a soft opening of their outdoor playground to get them acclimated to their new surroundings.

Mason added they are some of the calmest chimps he has ever seen but they get along really well.

The zoo is overjoyed to have the new chimps which Mason believes has become a staple not only for their facility but the community as a whole.

Trainers will continue to work with the chimps and use positive reinforcement to train them.

With the addition of the new troop, Mason and his team also renovated the entire indoor facility. The group worked on lowering the flooring inside the indoor rooms for the chimps and added a bio-floor. That floor is better suited for the animals. The indoor rooms also have new activities, devices and more platforms to better stimulate the chimps natural behavior.

The team also worked on expanding the windows to let more light in and make public viewing easier. There are also new educational opportunities for kids and adults.

Mason added the chimps have an interesting social dynamic and are always seen taking care of each other or playing around.

The zoo will have a breakfast Saturday at 7:30a and for $15 patrons will get the first glimpses of the chimps. Otherwise, the zoo will open to the public at 9:30a for the first day of the new chimp exhibit.