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This has been an exciting week for not only the gorillas but for our primate keepers.

Our gorilla family went from eight members to nine and the keepers witnessed it all.

On Saturday morning the 15th January, out on exhibit our experienced mother ‘Kriba’ gave birth to a small but healthy baby female gorilla.  Two keepers witnessed it all which is pretty exciting considering we normally arrive in the early hours to find mum has given birth and the baby is already settled and cradled in her arms.

Actually witnessing the birth was a very special event and both keepers who were lucky enough to see it, said the it was a very quick and fast birth and before they knew it there was a new kid on the block.

Mother ‘Kriba’ and her infant ‘Kipenzi’.
Mother ‘Kriba’ and her infant ‘Kipenzi’.
This week also saw our little gorilla make her media appearance, announcing her name ‘Kipenzi’, which means precious one in Swahili, and she is just that.

The group has started to settle back into gorilla life and are coping well with the new bundle of joy.  Our youngsters ‘Mahali’ and ‘Fuzu’ are still very interested in Kipenzi, trying to touch her, but Kriba keeps a tight hold on her.  ‘Kimya’, Kribas six year offspring is also showing alot of interest in her new little sister.  This is a great time for Kimya to watch her mum and learn some life lessons and mothering skills which she will need in the future.

 

So over the coming weeks I will keep you updated on Kipenzi's progress and the rest of the Gorilla family and what you can do to help save this species.

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