New baby gorilla born at Melbourne Zoo!

15 March 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have a new member of the Zoos Victoria family!

Our Western Lowland Gorilla, Kimya, delivered her first baby at about 6:05 pm yesterday in the Gorilla House night dens.

Keepers have had Kimya under 24/7 observation for the past month. The birth took place in the presence of the baby's father Otana and the three older females in the group, Julia, G-Ann, and Yuska. Otana and G-Ann showed the most interest in the birth and baby. Yuska, the first gorilla to ever give birth in Australia, chose to stay next door in her night den.

The new arrival is the seventh gorilla to be born at Melbourne Zoo and our first gorilla birth since 2000. 

Kimya came from her birthplace at Taronga Zoo in October 2013 to join Otana as part of the international breeding program for their endangered species. Otana arrived a month earlier from Howlett's Wild Animal Park in Kent, England. 

As yet, Keepers have not been able to observe the sex of the baby.

The gorilla baby is not yet on display and the Gorilla Rainforest area will be closed for public access today.

This is a very special time not only for Melbourne Zoo, but also for gorilla species in the wild.

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