Lincoln Park Zoo welcomes newborn gorilla
CHICAGO (AP) — A western lowland gorilla was born this week at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.
Zoo officials announced the female’s arrival Friday. They say she is healthy and staying close to her mother.
The newborn is the first for 27-year-old Bahati since 2004. Her two adult offspring live in other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Maureen Leahy is curator of primates. She says zoo officials are optimistic about the baby because Bahati is an experienced mother and is acting appropriately toward the newborn.
Officials are consulting a loyal zoo donor about the baby’s name.
Western lowland gorillas are endangered in their native central Africa because of habitat loss and poaching. Lincoln Park Zoo is internationally recognized for the design of its exhibit containing African apes.