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After losing baby earlier this year, Riverbanks Zoo gorilla welcomes new infant

More big news for gorilla family at Riverbanks Zoo

During feeding time at Riverbanks Zoo, the gender of the baby Lowland Gorilla born about two-months ago to mom Kazi and dad Cenzoo was revealed.
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During feeding time at Riverbanks Zoo, the gender of the baby Lowland Gorilla born about two-months ago to mom Kazi and dad Cenzoo was revealed.

Months after expanding its western lowland gorilla troop by one, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden welcomed a second baby, according to a zoo statement.

Mother Macy and dad Cenzoo became new parents when the infant was born at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the statement.

“The first 72-hours post-partum are the most critical; however, both mom and infant appear to be doing well,” Sue Pfaff, the curator of mammals, said in the statement. “The baby’s eyes are open, the infant looks alert and the entire family troop is adapting well to the newest member.”

Zoo officials are ecstatic about the newest addition, especially considering the loss of her first infant in May, according to the statement.

The baby has yet to be named, and the zoo has yet to give its gender.

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The zoo will be closing the gorilla area to visitors over the next few days while the troop gets to know the newest little one, according to the statement.

Macy is the half sister of Kazi, who gave birth to a male baby in June. That baby, now 5 months old, was the first to be raised at the Riverbanks Zoo.

Riverbanks Zoo went through a baby boom this year, welcoming a giraffe, koala, two litters of African lion cubs, penguins and numerous Santa Cruz Island Galapagos tortoises.

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Breeding and raising healthy animals is part of Riverbanks Zoo's mission to create self-sustaining animal populations for educational purposes in zoos. The zoo has recently welcomed baby giraffes, lions, koalas and an Eastern Lowland Gorilla.

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