Local Company Outfits Zoo’s Gorilla Surrogate Moms

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Fabulous-Furs Makes Custom Faux Fur Vests for Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI – (March 14, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo has partnered with the local company, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, to outfit its human gorilla surrogate team with realistic faux fur vests and coats.  Surrogates will be wearing these vests while holding and attending to the Zoo’s new baby gorilla, “Gladys.”

“Helping animals is at the heart of everything we do at Fabulous-Furs and we’re long-time supporters of the Cincinnati…

Cincinnati Zoo’s Baby Gorilla Has a Name!

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CINCINNATI – (March 1, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that its 4 –week-old, female, baby gorilla officially has a name – “Gladys Stones!”  The Zoo’s Primate Keepers thought this was the perfect way to honor the Gladys Porter Zoo (GPZ), in Brownsville, Texas, where the baby was born.  And, the Zoo’s Facebook fans agreed, with dozens of people suggesting Gladys.  Zoo Keepers also decided to give Gladys the last name “Stones” to recognize…

Turning Humans into Temporary Gorilla Moms

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Baby Gorilla Receives Around-the-Clock Care

CINCINNATI – (February 26, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is turning humans into temporary gorilla moms.  Over the next several months, the Zoo will use human surrogates to mimic gorilla behavior with the ultimate goal to get a 4-week-old gorilla baby in the hands of a gorilla surrogate.   These human surrogates will feed the gorilla.  They will hold the baby to their chest and eventually carry her on…

Baby Gorilla Has Arrived in Cincinnati

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Gorilla Moves from Texas to the Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI – (February 22, 2013) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is excited to announce that the nearly 4 –week-old, female, baby gorilla born at the Gladys Porter Zoo(GPZ), in Brownsville, Texas, arrived late this afternoon and is doing well.  Cincinnati Zoo

Primate Team Leader, Ron Evans and Nursery Head Keeper, Dawn Strasser accompanied the baby on the private flight.  “The baby was great,” said Strasser. …

Cincinnati Zoo Saddened By Loss of Silverback Gorilla

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CINCINNATI (October 23, 2012) – It is with a heavy heart that the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden announces the passing of its 30-year-old silverback, Western lowland gorilla, “Kwashi.”  The 320-pound gorilla was born at the Memphis Zoo on May 16, 1982 and came to the Cincinnati Zoo in May of 2010 from the Knoxville Zoo, to reside with a bachelorette group of gorillas, Chewie, Samantha, and M’Linzi.  

On Sunday, October 21, primate keepers saw a change in Kwashi’s…

Vote for Most Creative Cell Phone Collection Campaign

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s Project Saving Species and The Gorilla Glue Company have teamed up to create a national competition called the Go Bananas Challenge!, which ends January 16! The competition challenges schools and scout groups, across the country, to Answer the Call, and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones to help save gorillas.

The group that collects the most cell phones will be awarded the grand prize of $4,000 and the group with the most creative…

Calling All Schools and Scout Groups – Help Save Gorillas and Win $5,000

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The Cincinnati Zoo’s Project Saving Species and The Gorilla Glue Company have teamed up to create a national competition called the Go Bananas Challenge!, which kicks off today! The competition challenges schools and scout groups, across the country, to Answer the Call, and create campaigns to collect and recycle cell phones to help save gorillas.

Cell phones contain an ore called coltan. And one of the only places in the world where this ore can be found is…

Single Silverback Gorilla (SSG) Seeking Single Female Gorilla (SFG)

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Walking on Knuckles Preferred

Cincinnati, OH (October 28, 2011) – Trying to find a good match for a gorilla can sound much like a personal ad for humans (without the knuckle walking, of course). “Jomo,” the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 20-year-old silverback gorilla will soon welcome two female gorillas in hopes of finding true love. Cincinnati Zoo gorillas have been some of the most prolific gorillas in captivity, making Cincinnati one of the top breeders of this endangered species…

Silverback Gorilla Jomo Gets Heart Checkup

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 Cincinnati Zoo, The Christ Hospital and Toshiba Team Up for a Preventative Study

CINCINNATI – “Jomo”, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s 19 year-old silverback, western lowland gorilla gets a heart checkup as part of a preventative study.  A team of human cardiologists, technicians and corporate partners made the house call to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla World exhibit recently to perform an awake cardiac ultrasound (also known as an echocardiogram or an echo) on Jomo.   As in humans,…