Pint-sized Gorilla Duo Arrive at the Zoo

April 24, 2014

Spring is here and that means babies - and for the first time in eight years at the zoo, it means gorilla babies.

It's been eight years since baby gorillas graced the zoo, but this spring two western lowland gorilla babies have made their debut. Julia (33 years old) and Tuti (19 years old) gave birth to the two babies within weeks of each other. Although our two females are experienced mothers, Ernie is a first-time father to both babies.

The tiny additions live with the rest of their troop in Congo Gorilla Forest, and are the 14th and 15th babies born at the award-winning exhibit. Although the gender of the babies isn't yet known, they can be seen charming visitors on exhibit this spring, depending on the weather.

The delightful duo mark another success in the zoo's history of breeding gorillas as part of the Species Survival Plan - a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in AZA accredited zoos. Western lowland gorillas are designated as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, so these two births are a great step for gorillas.

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