This Baby Gorilla arrived at the Cincinnati Zoo today on a private flight. The four week old was born at the Glady Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX.
In a release, the Cincinnati Zoo says the baby has not yet been named. She is on breeding loan transfer from the Cincinnati Zoo. The baby was being hand-reared by GPZ zookeepers because the new mom displayed a lack of maternal care. All parties agreed that relocation was the best course of action for the baby and because the Cincinnati Zoo has two female gorillas available to serve as potential surrogate mothers, it was decided that the baby should go there.
Her introduction process to a new gorilla troop will be gradual to ensure a favorable integration. Initially, the baby will spend time behind the scenes in the Zoo’s Children’s Zoo Nursery for the next few days to make sure the baby is healthy and doesn’t bring any contagious illnesses into the Gorilla World exhibit. Once the vets give the infant a clean bill of health, she will move to her more permanent home at the Cincinnati Zoo.
See a video of the baby here.