It’s a Brookfield Zoo baby boom! Just weeks after celebrating the arrival of two new baby dolphins, Zoo officials are happy to announce the birth of a western lowland gorilla.
The baby girl was born to 18-year-old Koola on November 4, weighing between four and five pounds. Mother and baby can be seen together on exhibit in Tropic World: Africa, along with Koola’s daughter Kamba, 9; Koola’s mother Binti, 25; and JoJo, 33, the sire of the infant.
“This infant represents an important contribution to the gorilla population in North American zoos,” said Stuart Strahl, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society. “We hope that when zoo guests see the infant and her family members they will be inspired to care for this critically endangered species.”