Dublin Zoo welcomes an adorable baby gorilla to the family
The baby gorilla born on April 1 in Dublin Zoo has finally been revealed as a girl and the zoo are looking for your help in naming the adorable little primate!
“We’re delighted to be able to share this news with our fans and really look forward to their help in picking a name for the latest addition to our gorilla troop,” Helen Clarke-Bennett, Team Leader of the African Plains at Dublin Zoo told the Irish Independent.
“Since her birth, a little over six weeks ago, the baby gorilla has been hugely popular amongst visitors to the zoo and we’ve been very pleased with how she’s settled in.”
The latest addition to the African Plains exhibition was born back in April but the staff has left the mother and baby to it for the first few weeks, not wanting to intrude just to determine the gender. The baby girl's birth has been announced as a “significant contribution to this critically endangered species,” however.
IT’S A GIRL!
The time has come to name the baby gorilla!
We ask that you pick a name that reflects the animal’s origin which for the western lowland gorilla is West AfricaMay 15, 2019
And now, you have the chance to name the cutest new addition to the Dublin Zoo family. As a partner of the Zoo, Irish electricity provider SSE Airtricity is holding a competition to find the most suitable name for the baby girl.
"The female gorilla was born on 1 April to mother Kafi and father Bangui," the competition reads.
"It took keepers a few weeks to determine the sex of the baby because mum Kafi had been holding the baby so close to her chest since birth. The newborn is thriving and settling in well with the rest of the gorilla troop at Dublin Zoo.
"This birth is hugely significant because western lowland gorillas are classified as critically endangered in the wild.
"You are invited to suggest a name for the Zoo’s newest arrival, but just remember only names which reflect the gorilla’s West African origin will be considered. You'll also be in with a chance to win a year's free 100% green electricity and an annual family pass to Dublin Zoo*."
What would you name the gorilla? Let us know in the comments section, below.