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21 August 2020 06:37

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Zoo creates baby shower registry for endangered pregnant gorilla

(CNN) Audubon Zoo created a baby shower registry for an expecting gorilla--and it's bananas! Tumani, a critically endangered western lowland gorilla, is expecting her first baby and needs some items to help her prepare for motherhood. All the items were selected by the zoo's animal care and veterinary team in New Orleans, Louisiana, according to a news release "Audubon spends more than $70,000 a month to feed more than 15,000 animals in our care," Steve Marshall, the zoo's vice president, said in the news release. Your support will provide nutritious diets and premium veterinary care to our animals like Tumani to ensure they are as healthy and happy as possible." An endangered western lowland gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo and has been captured on camera cradled in its mother's arms. The tiny gorilla arrived in the early hours of Wednesday in the Gorilla House at Bristol Zoo. The infant gorilla in the arms of mother Kala in Bristol Zoo. The newborn was delivered safely in the early hours of Wednesday Nine-year-old Kala, who came to Bristol Zoo from Germany in 2018, gave birth naturally with the baby's father, Jock, nearby The sex of the baby is a mystery as it can hard to determine in newborns and, as a result, the infant has not yet been named Nine-year-old Kala, a western lowland gorilla, with her infant, which she gave birth to on August 19 in the Gorilla House at Bristol Zoo Gardens The infant joins a troop of six gorillas at the zoo, which are part of a breeding programme to help safeguard the future of western lowland gorillas In September last year, Kala lost her first infant after undergoing an emergency caesarean section.

'We were a bit on tenterhooks this time round and it is so lovely that she was able to give birth naturally. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered primates from Cameroon, in the west Central Africa region. Bristol Zoo Gardens is actively involved in ensuring there is a strong population in human care. Stunning photographs show the first tender moments between a mum and baby gorilla in Bristol. Zoo staff have spoken of their joy following the birth - after its mother lost her first born last year.

The tiny western lowland gorilla, which has not been named yet, arrived in the early hours of Wednesday (August 19) morning in the Gorilla House at Bristol Zoo. Nine-year-old Kala, who came to Bristol from Germany in 2018, gave birth naturally with the baby's father, Jock, nearby. Keepers arrived to find the little gorilla nestling in its mother's arms, and both are doing well. The new gorilla joins a troop of six at the zoo, which are part of a breeding programme to help safeguard the future of the critically endangered western lowland gorillas. Lynsey Bugg, the zoo's curator of mammals, said: "We knew we were having a baby gorilla due and we've been on baby watch for a little while. "On Tuesday Kala looked nice and comfortable and not causing us any concerns or worries.

"Last year she did have a pregnancy and birth but it didn't go as planned and unfortunately the baby didn't survive. "We were a bit on tenterhooks this time round and it is so lovely that she was able to give birth naturally and baby and mum are really well. "She's a very attentive mother and very nurturing and you see lots of suckling from the baby, and the baby looks really strong and a good size." "They are not all that easy to sex and we want to have a few looks before we are certain," she added. Louisiana Zoo Holds Baby Shower For Pregnant Gorilla WTOP/Audubon Zoo/Facebook Baby showers are all the rage at the moment, with expectant mothers worldwide being thrown more and more extravagant parties to celebrate the impending birth of their babies. What you probably won't have seen before is a baby shower that's being thrown for a pregnant gorilla, because why would you have done?

That's all about to change though, because a 13-year-old gorilla at a Louisiana zoo is expecting and to celebrate the zoo is hosting a (virtual) baby shower for her – complete with a baby register for you to give presents to the expecting family. zoo throwing baby shower for gorilla Audubon Zoo Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is getting ready to welcome the new baby gorilla, whose parents are western lowland gorilla Tumani and dad Okapara. 'Tumani's quite large,' Liz Wilson, curator at Audubon Zoo, told local news channel WGNO. But before she does pop, staff at the zoo want to do something for the expecting parents. That being the aforementioned virtual baby shower, with staff hoping visitors will donate gifts to the little family.

The zoo shared an invitation to the shower with its Facebook followers: Tumani and Okpara are expecting their first infant any time now! As we wait, you can help and get involved by checking… Posted by Audubon Zoo on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 As we wait, you can help and get involved by checking out her online baby registry,' the Facebook post read. Wilson said the announcement has proven 'so popular' in recent days, adding: 'Our community is really excited about it.' This is reflected in the comments underneath the post, with many saying they are 'so excited' and 'can't wait' to see the new arrival. And as strange as a baby registry might sound when we're talking about gorillas, it's actually quite a fitting tribute as the animals' pregnancies are a lot like humans. zookeepers throw gorilla a baby shower Audubon Zoo/Facebook Zookeepers aren't sure whether Tumani's going to have a boy or a girl yet, but either way it's a cause for celebration, as it's been a whopping 24 years since a baby gorilla has been born in Audubon Zoo. zoo throws baby shower for gorilla Audubon Zoo/Facebook Well, there are a number of ways, including donating to: the Toy and Food Fund, which provides toys and food for the gorillas; the Baby Food and Supplies Fund, which provides food and vital medicine for the zoo's newest additions; and the Amazon gift list, which has personalised items like sheets, mega-blocks, teething rings, and much more. Zoo staff have spoken of their joy at the birth of a baby gorilla – coming a year after its mother lost her first born. The tiny western lowland gorilla arrived in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Gorilla House at Bristol Zoo. Nine-year-old Kala, who came to Bristol Zoo from Germany in 2018, gave birth naturally with the baby's father, Jock, nearby. Western lowland gorilla Kala with her new born baby at Bristol Zoo (Ben Birchall/PA) Keepers arrived to find the little gorilla nestling in its mother's arms, and both are doing well. In September last year, Kala lost her first baby after undergoing an emergency caesarean. Lynsey Bugg, the zoo's curator of mammals, said: "We knew we were having a baby gorilla due and we've been on baby watch for a little while. "On Tuesday Kala looked nice and comfortable and not causing us any concerns or worries. "I came in yesterday morning to find a brand new baby in the house. "Last year she did have a pregnancy and birth but it didn't go as planned and unfortunately the baby didn't survive. Kala lost her first baby last year after undergoing an emergency caesarean and gave birth naturally this time (Ben Birchall/PA) "We were a bit on tenterhooks this time round and it is so lovely that she was able to give birth naturally and baby and mum are really well. "She's a very attentive mother and very nurturing and you see lots of suckling from the baby, and the baby looks really strong and a good size." Ms Bugg said it would take some time before the sex of the baby gorilla is known. "They are not all that easy to sex and we want to have a few looks before we are certain," she added. The new gorilla joins a troop of six gorillas at the zoo, which are part of a breeding programme to help safeguard the future of western lowland gorillas.