This Article is From Oct 01, 2019

India's Oldest Chimpanzee Dies At Zoo In Delhi

"The 59-year-old chimpanzee had not been keeping well since July 27. She was not eating properly and had become frail," a Delhi zoo official said.

India's Oldest Chimpanzee Dies At Zoo In Delhi

Rita was born on December 12, 1960 in Amsterdam Zoo.

New Delhi:

India's oldest chimpanzee Rita, who had been battling age-related health problems, died at the Delhi Zoo on Tuesday, officials said.

"The 59-year-old chimpanzee had not been keeping well since July 27. She was not eating properly and had become frail," a Delhi zoo official said.

Since July 27, Rita had only been consuming juice, coconut water and milk with ground almonds and walnuts.

Born on December 12, 1960, in Amsterdam Zoo and acquired by the Delhi zoo in 1990, Rita was the oldest chimp in India and probably the "oldest in Asia", according to the Limca Book of Records.

On average, a chimpanzee has a lifespan of around 50 years.