Exciting new for keepers at the Twycross Zoo! Staff at the primate center announced today that one of their western lowland gorilla females, Ozala welcomed a baby at approximately 9.15am on Thursday, January 3.
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Curator of Living Collections, Charlotte Macdonald, said:
“Ozala is a confident, attentive mother and is taking great care of her baby.”
“The baby’s father, our silverback Oumbie, is gentle but protective and is showing a lot of interest in the infant. On the day of the baby’s birth he was very inquisitive, sitting beside Ozala and putting his face right up to the baby to smell it. In time, he will touch and play with the baby but for now he lets Ozala take things at her own pace.”
Ozala was born at Twycross Zoo in 1994. The newborn joins a close family unit made up of father Oumbi and grandmother, Biddi. Ozala’s half-sister Asante will also provide a helping hand as the young gorilla grows up.
“The baby will be carried around by mum for the next couple of years but will, of course, gradually become more independent, just going back to Ozala for reassurance and comfort.
The baby will not be weaned until around 3-4 years old, but even then will remain close to Ozala for another couple of years after that.”
Listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species there is estimated to be fewer than 100,000 western lowland gorillas left in the wild, bringing the species dangerously close to extinction. Hunting, habitat loss and the Ebola virus are just some of the reasons the species may cease to exist in the wild in the years to come.
“Because the western lowland gorilla is such an endangered animal every gorilla birth is important, and this infant represents another vital contribution to the European Endangered Species breeding programme and to the conservation of this species.”
“We’re also delighted to have three generations of gorilla living together, which enhances the social welfare of the group”.