Gorilla

Surprise! A Baby Gorilla Is Born!

Hooray! Unexpectedly, a western-lowland gorilla was born at Rotterdam Zoo. The keepers discovered the baby early the morning of February 11. The mother is Aya and the father is Bokito. Mother and baby are doing well. For Aya this is the fourth youngster and for Bokito his tenth offspring. The gender is still unknown and also difficult to see. Aya holds the young close to her. The curious family came to look, as can be seen in this video, made by caretaker Victor. The young is very welcome but was not planned. The number of births for this critically endangered species is regulated by the European Breeding Program (EEP). You can already go on a maternity visit, but there is no guarantee that the young will always be clearly visible. Mother Aya has the opportunity to withdraw behind the scenes to care for her young in peace. Take your old cell phone with you as a maternity gift. This helps the gorillas in the wild. Read the entire message at:

https://www.diergaardeblijdorp.nl/gorilla-geboren/


BABY’S FIRST CRAWL!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s gorilla team captured the adorable moment that Baby G propelled himself on his own! Watch as adoptive mother, Freddy, encourages his developmental movements while giving him space to explore on his own. Stay tuned for continued updates on this movin' and groovin' gorilla infant!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and CrossCountry Mortgage are inviting the public to help choose a name for the first gorilla born at the zoo in its 139-year history. The naming opportunity not only will help the male gorilla, born October 26, settle into his home at the zoo but also supports conservation of the critically endangered species in the wild.

Participants can cast votes online by making a financial contribution for any of three names at FutureForWildlife.org/gorillanaming or by voting in person at the gorilla habitat at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.


Happy Birthday, Zuna!

Happy 1st birthday to Woodland Park Zoo’s littlest gorilla girl! She’s the one with the birthday, Saturday January 29, but YOU get the gift of this delightful little mashup featuring some of Zuna’s (and half-brother Kitoko’s) best moves!

Get the scoop on this little love: https://bit.ly/BirthdayGirlZuna

To learn more about WPZoo's youngsters, visit: https://www.zoo.org/growingupgorilla

To learn more about how you can help protect endangered gorillas, check out https://www.zoo.org/savinggorillas


Cleveland Metroparks Asks for Public’s Help in Naming Zoo’s First Baby Gorilla

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and CrossCountry Mortgage are inviting the public to help choose a name for the first gorilla born at the zoo in its 139-year history. The naming opportunity not only will help the male gorilla, born October 26, settle into his home at the zoo but also supports conservation of the critically endangered species in the wild.  
 
Participants can cast votes online by making a financial contribution for any of three names at FutureForWildlife.org/gorillanaming or by voting in person at the gorilla habitat at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The three name finalists include:

Bakari, “One who will succeed”

Jabari, “Fearless or brave one”

Kayembe, “Extraordinary”

“Gorillas are an incredible species and the birth of the first gorilla here in Cleveland has been another reminder of why we need to protect them from extinction,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. “Every vote to help name our gorilla will have a direct impact, protecting this iconic and critically endangered species in the wild.”
 
An exclusive video series created in partnership with CrossCountry Mortgage continues to follow the baby’s growth and development.
 
“Cleveland is this baby gorilla’s hometown, and what better way to deepen the public’s connection than helping us select his name,” said Laura Soave, Chief Brand Officer, CrossCountry Mortgage. “We look forward to engaging the public in this opportunity and others moving forward that continue to position Cleveland, its remarkable park system and the world-class zoo as must-see destinations for decades to come.”
 
The gorilla’s birth in late October was estimated to be a month premature and his mother, Nneka, did not immediately show appropriate maternal care that is required for newborn gorillas. However, the troop’s eldest female, Fredrika or “Freddy,” quickly picked him up and has been serving as his surrogate mother ever since. In November he developed pneumonia, requiring zoo experts to step in and provide hands-on 24/7 care but this month he was successfully reunited with Freddy and the troop following his recovery.
 
Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered by The World Conservation Union (IUCN). Each donation to help name the baby will help conserve gorillas in the wild through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s longtime partnership with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Dr. Kristen Lukas, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Director of Conservation & Science, serves as vice chair of the Fossey Fund board and also works abroad alongside the Fossey Fund to help train Rwandan scientists studying at Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
 
Guests visiting Cleveland Metroparks Zoo can visit the baby and gorilla troop at the Primate, Cat & Aquatics building daily between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Watch Tilla The Baby Gorilla Climbing On Her Own!

Tilla, now about a month shy of her first birthday, bravely explores her surroundings and keeps the whole gorilla family on their toes at Zoo Berlin. If the little adventurer climbs too high from Mother Bibi's point of view, the lofty expedition will end early. Slowly but surely Tilla is being trusted more and more. Berlin’s gorilla baby is becoming more and more fearless everyday.

Westlicher Flachland-Gorilla - Nachwuchs Tilla (1)

Photos and video: ©Zoo Berlin

Tilla, previously on ZooBorns:

https://youtu.be/1iX_AdLy-bE
https://youtu.be/FpaffLvLENw


Premie Baby Gorilla Hand-reared To Full Recovery And Rejoins Troupe

The western lowland gorilla was born in late October 2021 and was the first gorilla born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in its 139 year history.

The baby was premature at birth and developed pneumonia in November requiring zoo animal care and veterinary experts to step in and provide hands-on 24/7 care of the gorilla until he fully recovered.

After his recovery, zoo experts placed him back in a nest and surrogate mother “Freddy” picked him up and took him back into her care.

Nicknamed “Baby G,” Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland-based CrossCountry Mortgage will reveal a public naming opportunity of the baby gorilla in the coming weeks.


Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Announces First Birth of a Gorilla in its 139-Year History

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo today announced the birth of a male gorilla, the first born at the Zoo in its 139-year history. Cleveland Metroparks also announced a long-term partnership with Cleveland-based CrossCountry Mortgage that will include a public naming opportunity of the new gorilla, an exclusive video series featuring updates on the growth and development of the infant, and an array of other activities.

Freddy and newborn

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Zuna And Yola's Adorable Play Sesh!

Today is World Gorilla Day (it’s September 24) and this is the perfect time for an update on the youngest member of Woodland Park Zoo’s western lowland gorilla family—Zuna!

Little Zuna is nearly 8 months old right now and is doing great! She weighs around 11 ½ pounds now, which is double her birth weight. Zuna continues to become more and more active and while mama Nadiri tends to keep her close, she is on the move whenever she gets the chance. Sometimes, when Nadiri is trying to get some rest (because being a gorilla mama is a 24/7 job!) Zuna uses that time to venture out a bit—climbing or toddling around. She still takes bottles from the gorilla keepers a few times a day but is trying lots of solid foods now too, including cucumber, yams, carrots and a special fortified biscuit. She also loves to forage for any fruit rinds and extra tidbits of food that Nadiri drops as she eats her meals.

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