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Critically endangered gorilla born at London Zoo

Critically endangered gorilla born at London Zoo

Kathryn Sanders, London Zoo’s primates section manager, said: “We started our day as normal – we gave the gorillas their breakfast and began our cleaning routines. When we returned to their back dens, we could see Mjukuu was starting to stretch and squat – a sign that she was in labour. “After a very quick labour – just 17 minutes – Mjukuu was spotted on camera tenderly holding her newborn and demonstrating her wonderful mothering instincts – cleaning her infant and checking it over.” The birth of a western lowland gorilla at London Zoo is a real cause for celebration with the subspecies critically endangered, and as a result of poaching and disease their wild numbers have declined by more than 60 per cent over the last 25 years. The infant was fathered by Kiburi, who arrived at London Zoo from Tenerife in November 2022 as part of the international conservation breeding programme for western lowland gorillas – the programme ensures the preservation of a genetically diverse and healthy population of the gorilla subspecies. Ms …