Sadness at bonobo’s death at Twycross Zoo
A bonobo has died at Twycross Zoo.
In a post on social media, Twycross said the great ape, named Winton, had succumbed to a “respiratory outbreak” which had affected its bonobo group.
Winton was born in 2010. Bonobos, an endangered species, can live up to the age of 40, according to the zoo.
A spokesman for the zoo said this afternoon: “We are saddened to announce the loss of one of our much loved bonobos, Winton, who passed away yesterday.
“Born at the zoo in 2010 to Cheka and Keke, Winton was a playful, cheeky and loveable member of the group and a much admired big brother. He will be sadly missed by all.
“A full post-mortem is under way, but at this stage he is believed to have died from a respiratory outbreak.
“Our highly trained keepers and vets continue to monitor the group.”
Bonobos are our closest living relatives, sharing around 98 per cent of our DNA.