Baby Gorilla | Melbourne Zoo

Baby Gorilla | Melbourne ZooBaby Gorilla | Melbourne Zoo

March 2015 | Gorillas at Melbourne zoo have welcomed a new baby western lowland gorilla, the seventh to be born at the zoo, but the first in 15 years.

The first-time parents are mum Kimya, originally from Sydney's Taronga Zoo, and silverback Otana, who was shipped over from England as part of an international breeding program.

The gorilla will be called Kanzi, which means 'treasure' in Swahili. The name was announced by Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville.

Baby gorillas are born able to cling onto their mothers and support their own weight ... this baby is doing that: another sign it is healthy and strong,'' she said. Gorillas are classed as critically endangered, with numbers in central Africa dwindling.

The first gorilla to give birth in Australia, Yuska, also lives at Melbourne zoo.

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