Gorilla born at NC Zoo

A healthy male gorilla was born at the North Carolina Zoo August 4 at about 8 a.m. to 12-year-old "Jamani." (Image courtesy of the North Carolina Zoo)

August 4, 2012 12:26:02 PM PDT
A healthy male gorilla was born at the North Carolina Zoo Saturday at about 8 a.m. to 12-year-old Jamani.

Zookeepers  said the infant appears strong and active, and the mother is providing good maternal care.

Jamani came to the N.C. Zoo from the San Diego Zoo in January 2010. Another Gorilla at the zoo, 16-year-old Olympia is also pregnant and due in early November.

The birth is only the second gorilla born at the N.C. Zoo and the first since the zoo's first baby gorilla, Kwanza, was born in March 1989

The gorilla birth is a major accomplishment. Currently there are only about 350 gorillas in 52 accredited zoos with just four successful births out of eight pregnancies recorded during 2011 and early 2012.

Classifieds | Report A Typo |  Send Tip |  Get Alerts | See Click Fix
Follow @abc11 on Twitter  |  Become a fan on Facebook