Baby Gorilla


The Calgary Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of a western lowland baby gorilla.

The newest member of the gorilla troop arrived Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m.

First time mom, 15-year-old Kioja and her baby have been seen bonding and nursing; demonstrating positive mothering behaviours.

This is the first gorilla born at the Calgary Zoo since 2008 when the youngest female, Yewande, joined the troop which now consists of 18-year-old Zuri, 15-year-old Dossi and male silverback Kakinga, 37.

All of the gorillas at the zoo are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) which maintains genetic diversity in captive populations through breeding recommendations and careful management of the animals.