Posted: Aug 16, 2012 1:36 PM by Lauri
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 5:14 PM
Congratulations to our friends at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! Anytime a new baby is born, countless hours of staff time and energy go into making sure mom and baby are healthy and well. We are thrilled for you all on such a wonderful birth.
The baby western lowland gorilla was born Tuesday morning to mom Asha (19 years old) and dad Rafiki (28 years old).
Zoo policy restricts keepers from separating new moms from their babies unless it is a medical emergency, so they don't know yet if the baby is a boy or a girl. Needless to say, the zoo staff is trilled with the new addition.
The baby was born in the gorilla exhibit, meaning the public can see both mom and baby during visits, but remember to be quite and respectful when viewing the new mom and baby in Primate World.
Animal Care Manager Dina Bredahl says both are healthy and doing well. The baby is Asha's second and will be a little brother or little sister to 5-year-old Tumani. Following zoo tradition, the baby won't be named for another month, but we'll be sure to let you know when he or she is named! Until then, be sure to stop by the Zoo to check out this little cutie for yourself!