Cincinnati Zoo is Turning Staff into Gorilla Moms Again

 photo1CINCINNATI – (September 23, 2014) Primate keepers and staff at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are trading in their khaki uniforms for faux-fur vests for the next few months and will work as a team to hand raise a female baby gorilla, “Kamina” (pronounced Kuh-me-nuh), born August 16, 2014, at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden (OKC Zoo) in Oklahoma City, OK. After raising baby gorilla “Gladys” and…

Eight DAY Old Gorilla Makes Public Debut

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Tuesday, August 12, at 11 a.m.

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo is thrilled to introduce to the community its one-week-old Western Lowland gorilla, named “Mondika” (pronounced Mondeeka.)   The baby was born on August 4 and will be nicknamed “Mona” if it’s a girl or “Mondo” if it’s a boy.  Mondika’s public debut is WEATHER PERMITTING and will be taking place in the Zoo’s outdoor gorilla yard on Tuesday, August 12, at 11 a.m.    

Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla!

CINCINNATI, OH (August 4, 2014) –“Asha”, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s eleven-year-old Western Lowland gorilla has given birth to her first baby! On Monday, August 4, at 8:15 a.m. Asha delivered a healthy, approximately 5-pound, baby in her indoor stall. Asha and the baby will be spending time bonding indoors, but if mom and baby continue to do well (and weather cooperates), the pair should be outside soon.  The Zoo will continue to post updates on its website, Facebook…

Children Answer the Call & Help Save Gorillas

Cincinnati Zoo Announces Winner of 2014 Go Bananas! Challenge

CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Project Saving Species and The Gorilla Glue Company are excited to announce that for the first time in the history of the Go Bananas! Challenge one school has won both the Challenge category and the Most Creative Campaign category.   The Environmental Club from Parkside Intermediate in Westlake, Ohio collected 1,636 phones, beating last year’s Challenge winner by…

Cincinnati Zoo has big news about Gladys the Baby Gorilla!

Gladys Peeks at Jomo

Today is a big day at the Cincinnati Zoo!  The Zoo is excited to officially announce that Jomo, the male, silverback Western-lowland gorilla, was successfully introduced to the baby gorilla, Gladys’, family group!

Jomo was first introduced to Gladys, Mara and M’Linzi on April 1, in their indoor space.  Because those introductions went smoothly, Cincinnati Zoo keepers elected not to delay the next phase of introductions and moved two female gorillas, Asha and Anju, (Asha is pregnant), all to Gladys’…

Gladys Wants A Cell Phone!

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An old flip phone, a used smartphone, or even a broken iPod would make the perfect gift for this little gorilla. Not to use – she is a gorilla after all – but to recycle! Recycling cell phones saves gorilla habitat, so the Cincinnati Zoo is collecting as many as possible. You can help by getting your child’s school or youth group involved in the Go Bananas! Challenge  – a contest to collect the most…

Gladys Goes Outside with M’linzi & Mara

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s 5-month-old Western lowland gorilla, Gladys, her new gorilla surrogate mother, M’Linzi and M’Linzi’s daughter, Mara, are now exploring the outside yard as a family for the first time. 

“It was spectacular,” said Ron Evans, Cincinnati Zoo Primate Team Leader.  “Mara actually carried Gladys outside first and toured Gladys around the yard tightly tucked onto her abdomen.  Both Mara and M’Linzi were purring like crazy. Mara laid down a couple of times just relaxing with Gladys on her…

Baby Gorilla Gladys Meets Her Gorilla Surrogate Mom

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CINCINNATI (July 1, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that Gladys, the five-month-old Western lowland gorilla who captured the hearts of animal-lovers around the world earlier this year, after being rejected by her mom, is now living with her new gorilla surrogate mom. 

Gladys began the introduction to her new mom, “M’Linzi” on Monday, June 17.  And after just over a week of bonding, staff at the Cincinnati Zoo are very positive that the…

Baby Gorilla’s Public Debut

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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo is thrilled to announce that its 3-month-old Western Lowland gorilla, “Gladys,” will be making her public debut in her outdoor yard on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m.  Over the next month, Gladys will be spending time in her outdoor yard with human surrogates, as part of Phase III of her “gorillafication.”   Surrogates will allow her to explore all areas of the outdoor yard, climbing trees and ducking into caves, to ensure Gladys is familiar…