In 1997, before it was even open to the public, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed its first gorilla birth. In 1999, they welcomed their second. Earlier this week, Animal Kingdom was proud to announce the birth of their third and newest member – a critically endangered western lowland gorilla.
Even more exciting? You can now see the newborn at the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Reports say that the newborn gorilla is doing wonderfully and has already been accepted into the gorilla family group which includes mother, Kashata, father Gino and two other female gorillas. Kashata, a first time mother is reported to be holding the infant so close to her to body that caregivers at Animal Kingdom have not yet been able to determine the baby’s gender.
(Photo courtesy of Gene Duncan)