Saturday 21 September 2019

It's a girl! Dublin Zoo welcomes baby gorilla

The baby gorilla born recently at Dublin Zoo is female
The baby gorilla born recently at Dublin Zoo is female

Allison Bray

After weeks of suspense, Dublin Zoo has announced the baby gorilla who was born on April 1st is a girl.

The adorable latest addition to the gorilla family at the African Plains exhibition is the offspring of her proud parents Bangui and Kafi.

Her birth at the zoo has been hailed as a “significant contribution to this critically endangered species,” said a spokesperson for the zoo.

The sex of the gorilla has not been known until now as zookeepers were loathe to get too close to the mother and baby during the crucial first few weeks.

It's a girl!
It's a girl!

But now that the secret is out, the public is being asked to name the baby using a name that reflects her West African origin.

Helen Clarke-Bennett, Team Leader of the African Plains at Dublin Zoo said: “We’re delighted to be able to share this news with our fans and really look forward to their help in picking a name for the latest addition to our gorilla troop,” she said.

“Since her birth, a little over six weeks ago, the baby gorilla has been hugely popular amongst visitors to the zoo and we’ve been very pleased with how she’s settled in”.

The winner of the competition will receive a year’s supply of electricity, courtesy of sponsor SSE Airtricity.

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