Chimpanzees, like humans, have families. Baby chimps need affection and care much like human babies. However, a baby chimp, Little Djibril, was born at a zoo in Malaga, Sᴘᴀɪɴ but had to quickly learn to survive on his own after his mother Kika couldn’t take care of him.
Djibril at a zoo in Malaga, Sᴘᴀɪɴ, was abandoned by his mother and he had to learn to survive on his own. His mother, Kika, had been rescued from a circus where she had been subject to constant ᴀʙᴜsᴇ and had never learned any ᴍᴀᴛᴇrnal sᴋɪʟʟs; she left her offspring at birth.
Keepers looked for another chimp that would raise him as her own but until then they had to act as his stand-in parents. While they searched for a new mother for Dijbril, he found a cuddly plush monkey to comfort him.
The animal park BIOPARC Valencia, which ensures animal well-being and comfort by providing them environments close to their natural habitat, finally found the 16-month-old an adoptive mother. Her name was Eva.
Djibril was introduced to the new environment of BIOPARC Valencia in July of 2019 but had to undergo an uneasy adaptation process. Initially his adoptive mother was supposed to be Malin but she did not show an interest in him.
However, Eva took Djibril under her wing by showing protection and care despite never having had the experience of motherhood. Djibril’s survival instinct and Eva’s ᴍᴀᴛᴇrnal instinct worked well with each other and finally, a year after his arrival at the park, Djibril enjoys a new family.
Keepers at Bioparc Fuengirola believe he is the key to saving the Western Chimpanzee subspecies.. According to WWF, ‘the species is ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛened with ᴇxᴛɪɴᴄᴛion in its natural environment—chimps have already disappeared completely from four countries and are under tremendous pressure everywhere else they live’.