It’s official! Based on ZIMS, an online database that zoos around the world utilize, Chip is the oldest klipspringer living in captivity. At the age of 24, Chip is still as spritely and healthy as ever. This little antelope has developed some mild arthritis through the years, but other than that, his caretakers and our medical team have given him a clean bill of health. Typically, klipspringers have a lifespan of 17-18 years in captivity so we attribute his age to the incredible care he receives from our staff.
Chip is housed indoors during the winter months with his friend, Minnie the chicken, but can be seen in our Sahara exhibit in early spring to late fall. He enjoys munching on grass, playing with his big red ball, and laying in leaf piles. And when he gets the occasional zoomies, all our hearts just melt. Chip’s 25th will be in July so look out for his quarter of a century party - it definitely will be a blast 🎉 #statenislandzoo #klipspringer #oldestincaptivity #ageisjustanumber #respectyourelders #chipwich #zoomies #littleantelope