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Manhattan, Kansas also known as "The Little Apple" is home to many things including the oldest chimpanzee in human care. Her name is Susie and she turned 69 years old on June 12, 2023.
Susie came to the Sunset Zoo in 1974, where she has lived out her days climbing and playing in her enclosure. Susie is an extraordinary chimp, as she has exceeded the average lifespan of a chimpanzee by almost 20 years, with the average chimpanzee living to be 40-years-old.
To celebrate the monumental occasion, zoo staff celebrated Susieâs birthday all weekend with a card shower in the gift shop for gifts to sign and a birthday celebration on Monday, June 12 with streamers and gifts with treats in them that were put in the chimpanzee habitat.
âSusie continues to inspire younger generations of chimpanzees to live a life as long as she has.
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