Just because I Love any wild life even if it is in a zoo.
We are thrilled to announce the birth of a western lowland gorilla! The little female is the first of this species to be born at the zoo since 2005. The yet-to-be named newborn seems healthy, as does Bana, a 16-year-old first-time dam. Sire Kwan, a 22-year-old silverback, stays protectively close to both.
“Bana has taken very well to motherhood,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy. “She is showing all of the signs of a doting new mom and is appropriately tender toward and watchful over her infant.”
From 1970 to 2005, 48 gorillas were born at Lincoln Park Zoo. Each precious new arrival—like this 49th one—reflects the zoo’s commitment to the conservation of this critically endangered species.
The newborn is on exhibit tomorrow within Lincoln Park Zoo’s Regenstein Center for African Apes. Until you can stop by to say hello, view the western lowland gorilla fact sheet here: http://bit.ly/t71ThR
A Baby Gorilla for Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo has a new baby – a healthy, Western Lowland Gorilla, the first to be born at the Zoo since 2005. The baby has yet to be named. First time mom, Bana, is a 16-year-old. Dad Kwan, a 22-year-old silverback, seems proud of his new offspring and has stayed protectively close to mother and baby. Born on November 19, the baby joins a troop of 7 at the Zoo. The other gorillas are “respectfully curious” according to Curator of Primates, Maureen Leahy.
“Bana has taken very well to motherhood,” said Leahy. “She is showing all of the signs of a doting new mom and is appropriately tender toward and watchful over her infant. The baby is gripping tightly to Bana and making great eye contact with her during this crucial bonding time.”
Keepers are watching closely to make sure Bana and her baby continue to do well, as the first few weeks are critical in the survival of newborn Gorillas.
More pics below the fold…