Baby gorilla born at National Zoo

Baby gorilla born at National Zoo

The baby's name, Moke, means "junior" or "little one" in Lingala, the zoo said.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute said it was the first time in nine years an infant had been born there.

She then gently kisses Moke several times while admiring him and holding the baby close before laying him down to rest inside the enclosure. "We will provide support to her if need be, but I have every confidence that Calaya will be a great mom to Moke".

It also said the staff is leaving the mother gorilla to bond with and care for her baby without interference.

'I am excited to see how he will fit into the group dynamic.

Moke will join the zoo's gorilla troop, which in addition to his parents, includes a young female and an adult female.

A USA zoo has welcomed the birth of a male western lowland gorilla this week, a breed listed as critically endangered due to disease and poaching.

- A new baby gorilla was born over the weekend at the National Zoo. Experts say the population decreased by 60 percent in the past 20 to 25 years.

Note: Reporters will not be able to come to the Zoo for photos or video.

Native to Central African Republic, Cameroon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the lowland gorilla species adds one more to its dwindling number, and hopefully through conservation and other efforts, these creatures will thrive in the coming decades.

The male gorilla, named Moke (mo-kee), is the first infant for 15-year-old mom Calaya and dad Baraka.

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