The National Zoo is welcoming its first male baby gorilla in nine years. Baby, Moke [Mo-KEY] (meaning ‘junior’ or ‘little one’), a male western lowland gorilla, was born to mother, Calaya, Sunday, April 15 at 6:25 p.m. The mother has been observed nursing the infant, and the Zoo’s staff is optimistic that the baby gorilla will thrive.
“The birth of this western lowland gorilla is very special and significant, not only to our Zoo family but also to this critically endangered species as a whole,” according to Meredith Bastian, curator of primates. “The primate team’s goal was to set Calaya up for success as best we could, given that she is a first-time mother. Doing so required great patience and dedication on the part of my team, and I am very proud of them and Calaya.”
The 15-year-old Calaya and the 26-year-old…
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