Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baby Gorilla Born At Buffalo Zoo

It's a girl gorilla.

No, it's a boy gorilla.

Because of a very protective mother, the gender of the first gorilla born in the Buffalo Zoo in 10 years remains a mystery.

Sidney, born at the zoo in 1997, gave birth Friday for her first time. Wednesday, mother and baby were on public view together for the first time, spending their time between the exhibit area and a private space behind it.

The father is 23-year-old Koga, also a first-time parent.

"We're very excited," Donna Fernandes, the zoo's director, said of the zoo's fifth gorilla. "The baby is very healthy and nursing strongly. Sidney has been a great mother."

For the past several years the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan discouraged gorilla breeding, after eight surviving gorillas were born at the Buffalo Zoo in the 1980s.


Full story here.
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