Critically endangered gorilla born at Jacksonville Zoo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– A male Western Lowland Gorilla was born at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on Friday morning.
The baby was born to 24-year-old mother Madini and 44-year-old father Lash. He is the fifth gorilla born at the Jacksonville zoo.
Madini and Lash are part of the breeding program, Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP).
“We have many reasons to celebrate this new infant. He will further enrich the social environment and experience of his amazing group and strengthen the sustainability of the Gorilla SSP, ” said Tracy Fenn, Assistant Curator of Mammals.
Western Lowland Gorillas are critically endangered due to deforestation, poaching and introduced diseases.
Infant gorillas usually weigh around four pounds at birth, according to zoo officials. They are usually dependent on their mothers for up to five years.
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