Two years ago, one of the most important milestones in the history of Bioparc Fuengirola and for the ex situ conservation of one of the most endangered primates on the planet took place: the birth of Ekan, the first western lowland gorilla born in Andalusia.
Now visitors can see how much this little one has grown and how his relationship with the rest of the members of the group of this species housed at Bioparc Fuengirola has evolved.
Can you believe it? Calgary Zoo’s #YYCGorillaBaby, 'Eyare', is 6 months old today! 🦍 Her curiosity continues to bloom and she is becoming more independent each day. Today, we’re sharing a recent milestone moment for Calgary Zoo’s troop – ‘Eyare’ playing with ‘Yewande’ on her own for the first time!
Western lowland gorillas are a social species. Each troop member has a distinct and dynamic personality, and their interactions can help to shape relationships and form bonds over time. Yewande has been very interested in Eyare since she was born but the troop takes their cues from gorilla mom, ‘Dossi’ as to what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to Eyare. 😉
Happy World Gorilla Day! To celebrate, we’re replaying highlights from the past year including new babies for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Rotterdam Zoo, Chessington World of Adventure, Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, and ABQ Biopark.
Join us on September 24 and honor Dian's legacy by helping save gorillas!
The ABQ BioPark has more exciting great ape news! Samantha the gorilla gave birth yesterday at 10:29 a.m. Mom and baby are doing well, and have started nursing.
ABQ BioPark caregivers were present during the birth, but watched remotely via camera in order to avoid disturbing the natural process. At 15 years old, Samantha is a first time mom, so staff were ready to intervene for the health and safety of mom and baby. Luckily, this was unnecessary! Samantha did great!
Mom and baby will have access to their outside yard today. Guests should be prepared for the Ape Walk to be intermittently closed to allow for privacy and a quiet environment while baby and mom bond.
The father is 20-year-old Kojo, who came to the BioPark in early 2021. This is the first time the ABQ BioPark has welcomed a baby gorilla since 2004. We do not yet know the baby's sex. We look forward to sharing more photos and footage in the coming days and weeks!
Gorillas are the heaviest and largest great ape species. Adult males can weigh up to 200kg and grow to 2m tall. Western lowland gorillas live in family units, consisting of several females and a dominant male, the silverback. They are diurnal and spend most of their time eating. Gorillas eat almost exclusively vegetarian, on the menu are in addition to leaves and herbs, roots and fruits. As "gardeners of the African rainforest", they play an important role in the ecosystem through the distribution of seeds and thus contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
Want to know more about Zoo Berlin’s gorilla family? Then we have good news: After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the "Keeper talks" at the Zoo are back. These convey a lot of additional, exciting information. The "Keeper talk" with Berlin’s gorillas takes place on site daily at 2 pm.
At only a few days old, the little one was drinking well and staying close to mother Aya. They regularly received 'maternity visits' from Ayba; Aya's eldest daughter. She was very interested in her then yet-to-be-sexed newborn sibling. Father Bokito did not interfere with the upbringing, but did ensure peace and harmony in the group.
The newborn gorilla was determined to be a male. Rotterdam Zoo have the tradition of choosing a name with the first letter of the mother, in this case the A of Aya. The caretakers came up with three beautiful African names and put it to a public vote. The resulting name was: Ajabu (meaning miracle).