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
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.
While it took several weeks of close observation to determine the sex 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.
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