News from Budongo Trail

Posted 8 Jul 2024 in Edinburgh Zoo

Chimpanzee Rene IMAGE: Sian Addison 2017

We’re sad to share the news that Rene, one of our chimpanzees, sadly passed away last week after an altercation within the troop.

Chimp group dynamics are incredibly complex and Rene, who was 31-years-old, was part of a fight which broke out within the troop. This type of behaviour occurs in the wild, especially around breeding time when females are in season and when males are challenging for dominance of the group. 

Our expert keepers did everything they could to separate the fight and keep the rest of the troop safe, but sadly Rene’s injuries were severe. Qafzeh also sustained injuries and after a surgical operation is doing well and is gradually being reintroduced to the group.

Rene was a huge personality and will be missed by those who cared for him.