Fongoli female Nickel had her fifth infant in January 2022 - the first baby of the new year! Nickel is one of the few females that remained within her natal group. Nickel's mother was Nene, an older female that disappeared a few years ago. Nickel's younger sister, Nellie, did transfer out of the Fongoli group and is thought to have at least passed through the neighboring Bantankilin chimpanzee community to the west of Fongoli.
Nickel's previous infants include female, Teva, males Vincent and AJ and daughter Aviv. Nickel has the shortest inter birth intervals of any female at Fongoli, sometimes as little as 2.5 years between successive births.
Congrats Nickel (& us too!) - pant hoots!
(image is of Vincent when he was an infant)