A Second Gorilla Baby!

I’m thrilled to announce that Kwan’s gorilla group has now welcomed a second baby gorilla. Female Rollie went into labor on Friday, November 16, and Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed its 52nd gorilla birth later that day.

Gorilla Rollie holds her baby, born November 16, 2012

Gorilla Rollie holds her baby, born November 16, 2012

Both Rollie’s birth and the October 11 birth of baby Patty to female Bana were recommended by the Gorilla Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Two gorilla moms at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Bana and Patty are in the foreground while Rollie and the new baby are in the background.

Two gorilla moms at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Bana and Patty are in the foreground while Rollie and the new baby are in the background.

While it took several weeks of close observation to determine the gender of baby Patty, the newest arrival has already been IDed as another girl! The little one’s name is still undetermined, but we’ll be working with animal care staff and friends of the zoo to come up with a good one.

Both mom and baby are doing very well. Regenstein Center for African Apes was closed over the weekend to give the pair—and the group—a chance to acclimate to one another.

The building will open tomorrow, though, giving guests a chance to greet the new arrival. There’s going to be a Lincoln Park Zoo members-only viewing from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. After 1 p.m., anyone can come say hello to the little ones until the building closes at 4:30 p.m. Regenstein Center for African Apes will then open at 11 a.m. for the next week to give the group a little extra time to sleep.

This is obviously a very exciting time for our gorilla groups. Lincoln Park Zoo is proud to be a leader in gorilla conservation and care…just as we’re proud to welcome this newest arrival.

Kevin Bell

Learn More About the Baby Gorillas

Baby gorilla Patty is snuggled close as mom Bana enjoys a healthy snack.

It's a Girl!
President and CEO Kevin Bell shares more about baby gorilla Patty.

The baby gorilla snuggles close to mom Bana.

Welcoming a Gorilla Baby
President and CEO Kevin Bell announces the baby gorilla born October 11.

 

The arrival of baby gorilla Patty spurs Fisher Center Director Steve Ross to share how primate families teach little ones how to live like adults.

Learning How to Be a Gorilla from Mom
The arrival of baby gorilla Patty spurs Fisher Center Director Steve Ross to share how primate families teach little ones how to live like adults.

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Comments

New Baby Gorilla

Good luck with the new baby.

Welcome girls!

Thank you so much for the opportunity this morning for members to greet the 2 new baby girl gorillas. What a thrill! I took my daughters and we were all just amazed. This is one of the many reasons why we have in the past and will continue to support Lincoln Park Zoo and be members. Thank you!

Glad You Enjoyed the Experience

Thank you for the nice feedback!

New babies

Wonderful news! I was there a couple of weeks ago to see Patty. I loved seeing Kwan do his operant conditioning training. He looked away whenever he made a mistake - very human-like. People were asking whether Rollie (or is it Bana?) isolated herself when she started going into labor. The guide said she was with everyone else but that doesn't seem right - most mammals at least get a little nest together and go into a corner or hidden place to give birth. I think knowing whether Patty and the other baby's mom did this would be helpful to people. I think the guide was just saying that no special provisions were made for the labor of the mother, but we just wanted to know how the actual labor and birth went - if that is known. Also, how about a webcam for the next birth! Thanks

Thanks for the Feedback

It is very exciting having the baby gorilla here. Both births too place at night--a common occurrence for the species. Zoo staff are less involved in the birth than in monitoring the baby's health and maternal care afterward--all of which are happily excellent in these instances!

Baby Gorillas

Hard to describe the thrill of seeing the mama gorillas and their babies today - one of my most memorable zoo experiences! One pair (Bana and Patty?) were right up against the glass, so we had a great vantage point. Looking forward to watching the babies grow up!

Baby Gorillas

So wonderful to see the baby gorillas and knowing what wonderful care they will receive through the zoo's efforts is one of the best reasons to give support to the Lincoln Park zoo. I have been visiting the zoo for over 50 years and my visits are always fun and enjoyable!

Thank You

Thank you for sharing your history with the zoo--and your support for our world-class animal care!

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