Baby Gorilla Makes Zoo Debut

The endangered western lowland gorilla is the first of its species born to the zoo since 2005.

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    A baby gorilla born last week at Lincoln Park Zoo makes her public debut Tuesday when the building opens at 10 a.m. Zoo officials say the baby and her first-time mom, 15-year-old Bana, are doing well. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011)

    It's a girl!

    Lincoln Park Zoo on Monday announced the birth of a western lowland gorilla, the first of this endangered species to be born at the zoo since 2005.

    From the Archives: Gorilla Protects Boy

    [CHI] From the Archives: Gorilla Protects Boy
    On Aug. 16, 1996, a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla's den at the Brookfield Zoo. A female, Binti Jua, protected the boy from other animals until zookeepers could rescue him. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011)

    The baby gorilla was born Nov. 16, and according to a zoo statement, she appears to be doing well with her first-time mom, 15-year-old Bana.

    The baby's father, a 22-year-old silverback named Kwan, "seems proud of his new offspring and has stayed protectively close to mother and baby," according to the zoo.

    The Regenstein Center for African Apes has been closed to the public since the baby's arrival to give the gorillas time to adjust and to allow staff to observe the mother and newborn to ensure proper care-taking.

    The baby gorilla will make its public debut Tuesday when the building opens at 10 a.m.

    This newborn is the 49th gorilla born at Lincoln Park Zoo, which has become a leader in gorilla breeding over the years.