The birth of the rare great ape at Planckendael zoo delights staff and visitors. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A baby bonobo ape has been cradled in her mother's arms since its birth in Belgium last week, offering zoo visitors only a brief glimpse of her fuzzy face at feeding times. Fiercely guarded by mother Djanoa, Planckendael zoo's newest resident has drawn crowds of curious visitors since her birth on August 2. The infant is the second bonobo born this year in what zookeepers say is a hopeful sign for the zoo's population of endangered great apes, one of the closest primate species to humans. "It's so important that there's a lot of bonobos born (in captivity) to keep the genetic variety as wide as possible," Joris Jacobs, an animal keeper in charge of the bonobos at Planckendael, told Reuters. In recent years, an average of six bonobos have been born to the population of some 120 currently held in captivity in European zoos.