Rollie, a female gorilla in the Regenstein Center for African Apes, gave birth to a healthy baby boy this past Mother’s Day (how fitting). The baby gorilla was born around 2 AM and is the 53rd birth of the Regenstein Center. Zoo staff said they have observed normal, healthy behavior from both the mother and the baby. The baby weighs about 4 to 5 pounds and has not been named yet.
Mom and dad are western lowland gorillas, an endangered species, so this birth is incredibly important. The zoo has two groups of these species. A “bachelor pad” with all the young males, and a family of females and youngsters centered around silverback, Kwan (the father).
Members only will be able to get a first look at the baby today through Friday. The center will reopen to the public on May 18th.
I can’t wait to see the little guy!