There’s a new member of the gorilla family at Busch Gardens Tampa.
A baby male gorilla was born on Friday at the theme park’s zoological hospital. The baby was delivered via Caesarian after the mother, 33-year-old Kishina, was noted experiencing difficulties over several days.
The baby is being cared for by Busch Gardens’ veterinary and animal care staff until reintroduction can be made. Assisting Busch Gardens with the birth were medical professionals from the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital.
It is the first gorilla birth at the Tampa adventure park in its 46-year history. The birth brings to seven the number of gorillas in the park’s Myombe Reserve habitat, a 3-acre rainforest environment opened in 1992.