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Gorilla born at London Zoo
28 October 2010

During the afternoon of 26 October 2010, one of London Zoo’s three female gorillas gave birth to a baby boy. First-time mother Mjukuu, 12, endured a straightforward labour, monitored by the Zoo’s vets and keepers and is proving to be a very natural mother.

Zoological director and Gorilla Organization Trustee David Field said: “Mother and baby are both doing brilliantly, although it’s still early days. ‘Aunties’ Zaire and Effie were at the birth and have remained with Mjukuu throughout.”

The baby gorilla is the first to be born at London Zoo in 20 years. His father, Yeboah, died at the zoo in March after arriving in November 2009. He had been brought in as a mate to three female gorillas, Mjukuu, Zaire and Effie. Yeboah was the second male gorilla to die at the zoo after Bobby, a 25-year-old silverback, died in December 2008.

Staff at ZSL London Zoo will now begin the sensitive process of introducing the newborn to his stepfather Kesho. Introducing the baby to Kesho is not without its risks, however staff are making every effort to assist a smooth introduction and hopefully ensure the gorillas form a cohesive family group.

Keepers are yet to name the tiny male, who will grow up to become a twenty-five stone silverback gorilla.

Click here to see a video of the new baby gorilla.

for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
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