15/05/2015

Two gorillas are born at the Barcelona Zoo


They are both Snowflake’s relatives and, with them, there has been 3 gorilla births in the last 2 months

The Barcelona Zoo has welcomed the 2 newborn gorillas, and with them that make 3 in the last 2 months, after Akiba, the one who was born in March. Both babies are in perfect health according to preliminary examinations performed by their caregivers, and their evolution is being positive, as well as their mothers’. The western lowland gorilla is a critically endangered species.

The first bvaby was bron the 1rst of May. Its mother, Machinda, is the older gorilla at the Zoo, she is 37 years old and daughter of Snowflake. She is a experienced mother that has given so much help to Ntua, the mother of the second baby, born 2 days after. That is the first time Ntua has become a mother, even though she is inexperienced, she is being a exemplary one.

The birth of these gorillas is part of European Endangered species Programme (EPP) that ensures a sustainable genetic and demographic ex situ population, consisting of 463 individuals (211 males and 252 females).

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