Baby gorilla born at ZSL London Zoo
Wednesday 27 October 2010
ZSL is delighted to announce the birth of a male western lowland gorilla at ZSL London Zoo.
First-time mother Mjukuu gave birth to the healthy baby on the afternoon of 26 October 2010, following a straightforward labour, which was closely monitored by the Zoo’s vets and keepers.
Zoological director David Field said: “Mother and baby are both doing brilliantly, although it’s still early days. ‘Aunties’ Zaire and Effie were at the birth and have remained with Mjukuu throughout.”
Staff at ZSL London Zoo will now begin the sensitive process of introducing the newborn to his stepfather Kesho. Introducing the baby to Kesho is not without its risks, however staff are making every effort to assist a smooth introduction and hopefully ensure the gorillas form a cohesive family group.
Keepers are yet to name the tiny male, who will grow up to become a twenty-five stone silverback gorilla.
Visitors to Gorilla Kingdom may be asked to wait a little while due to the sensitivity of the introduction process.