Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla Turns 40

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Friday, January 29, 2010 – Samantha, one of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s first ever western lowland gorillas born at the Zoo turns 40 this Sunday, January 31.

(Please see attached baby photos of Samantha and Sam.  Samantha is pictured on the left.)

On January 23, 1970, the Cincinnati Zoo witnessed its first live gorilla birth: a male, “Sam,” born to “Mahari” and “Hatari.”  This was followed eight days later by a second gorilla birth, a female, “Samantha,” born…