Friday, January 25, 2008

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Celebrates Tumani's First Birthday

gorilla tumaniThe star of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Primate World, infant female gorilla Tumani, celebrated her first birthday Thursday with a little help from some local preschoolers. Baby Tumani, her parents and the other gorillas all got to share a special birthday cake and unwrap birthday presents hand-decorated by the preschoolers.

The zoo staff says it's not everyday that there are streamers and cakes around and that the gorillas knew from the start that something special was happening. "Right when we walked in they were coming towards the windows, they came right up and kind of put their hand on the window just to let us know that they were watching and wanting to know what we were doing," said community programs manager Megan Hudak.

Hudak says Tumani’s cake was made of mostly dry gorilla chow, with some gelatin and peanut butter to hold it all together. The cake was topped off with fresh fruit and a yogurt as frosting. Tumani was born January 31, 2007.

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