Baby Gorilla Born at SF Zoo

posted on 10th of december, 2008

For the past several years I have been waiting for a new baby gorilla to be born at the SF Zoo and it has finally happened. A couple of years back the SF Zoo received a female gorilla named Monifa to be paired up with the male gorilla named Oscar Jonesy that is head of the gorilla group at the zoo. Oscar Jonesy and Monifa are apart of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) which was selected by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). I had heard last week that one of the gorillas was pregnant but was not quite sure if it was Monifa or not. I just found out that on Monday Monifa gave birth to a healthy boy. Monifa is a first time mom and has not taken on her motherly roll so the staff are taking care of the baby at this moment but they hope to reintroduce Monifa and the baby back together in the near future.

Pictures of the new baby gorilla

It looks like he has his fathers smile :)

Pictures of Oscar Jonesy and Monifa:

Comments (6)

Posted by Karenkh on December 11, 2008
Exciting news! I look forward to seeing many photos of this little guy as he grows up.
Posted by Lifesazoo on December 10, 2008
Well a quick update. They had anesthetized Monifa this morning to give her an exam and they put the baby on her chest as she slept. The baby nursed from Monifa but when Monifa woke up she wanted nothing to do with her baby. There is another gorilla in the zoos gorilla group that has been established as an excellent mom in the past and is also the matriarch of the group that they are going to try to have her raise the baby as her own since Monifa is not taking any interest. Bawang the matriarch of the group has already been taking an interest in the little guy so that might be a good sign for him to be raised with the gorillas but if she does not work out the keepers will have to raise the little guy by hand.
Posted by Littlemacproductions on December 10, 2008
I hope they let his mom hold him! Very cute! Hope he grows into that nose.
Posted by Creativei on December 10, 2008
ummmm thats cute man
Posted by Marilyngould on December 10, 2008
Now those are some fabulous baby photos! Huge congratulations to all of those that strive to protect these wonderful beings.
Posted by Elianehaykal on December 10, 2008
Awww so cute!! I wish him a long & healthy life :)

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