N’djia, a 25-year-old critically endangered western lowland gorilla gave birth to a baby gorilla in a first such birth in more than 20 years at a zoo in LA, the zoo officials told the media. Gorilla infant was witnessed to be born at Campo Gorilla Reserve reportedly after more than two decades.
Los Angeles Zoo Director & CEO Denise M. Verret told the media that LA has been bestowed with a wonderful and a unique opportunity to watch a gorilla infant grow, something that has happened after decades, the birth is historic and it is a critical step towards conservation of the western lowland gorillas.
The crew at the animal care will reportedly let the new-born join his father, a 32-year-old male silverback gorilla Kelly, and rest of the visitors shortly. They said that the guests will be able to get the glimpse of N’djia and the baby gorilla when the infant begins to explore and move around the Campo Gorilla Reserve in few weeks.
The infant whose sex is reportedly undetermined bonded with the mother gorilla on the first day and the zoo authorities told the media that the family had the option to remain behind the scenes if they preferred, in case the mother wasn’t comfortable to be in the public view. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens welcomes more than 1.8 million visitors each year as per the report.
The 133-acre facility in LA opened its doors in 1966 and houses more than 1,400 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, including 58 endangered species, according to the zoo’s website. According to the reports, the World Wildlife Fund lists gorillas as endangered species impacted from uncontrolled poaching and disease even though a few are detected living in remote rainforests of Africa.