Mother's Day: Zoo babies and their moms
Baby Gladys on M’Linzi’s back with Jomo nearby, at Cincinnati Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo! officially announced the successful introduction of Jomo, the male, silverback Western-lowland gorilla 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, pregnant Asha and Anju to Gladys’ group with Jomo already in it on April 8.
The zoo’s main goal has been to get Gladys in a species typical social group, with a silverback, and to have her in a group with expecting mothers, as is the case with Asha and eventually, the zoo hopes, Anju - so the kids can all grow up together.
That introduction went very well. This phase of introductions has been extremely critical and very important for a young gorilla’s behavioural and social development.
Credit: Michelle Curley, Cincinnati Zoo
Where: Cincinnati , Ohio
When: 10 Apr 2014
Credit: Credit: Michelle Curley, Cincinnati Zoo
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