Our proud gorilla parents, 11-year-old Margaret & 26-year-old Mbundi, as well as the entire Gladys Porter Zoo staff, are excited about the birth of a baby Western lowland gorilla. The baby, weighing in at 2.22 kg (4.8 lbs), was born in the early morning hours on Sunday, May 5th.
Margaret and her baby are doing well and are being closely monitored by Zoo staff. They can currently be seen in their indoor quarters, and if weather conditions permit, they can be seen outdoors on Gorilla Island.
To celebrate this Cinco de Mayo baby, Zoo staff held a gender reveal on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:30 a.m., complete with a piñata and bolis. The public cheered, when Mbundi, pulled out blue paper from the piñata to reveal his newborn is a boy!
This is both Margaret and Mbundi’s first baby. Margaret was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo on December 18, 2007 to parents, Martha and Moja. Mbundi came to the Gladys Porter Zoo in 2014 from the Kansas City Zoo and is on breeding loan from the Toronto Zoo. He was born on January 12, 1993 to parents, Kakinga and Tabitha.
Every new birth is a step in the right direction for the critically endangered Western lowland gorillas. In the wild, their biggest threats include poaching and habitat loss.