An endangered newborn gorilla, born on Aug. 7, 2014, to mother Azizi and father Gino, is the latest addition to Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort. The healthy male infant joins a family group that includes two other adult females (Kashata and Benga) along with a four-year-old female named Lilly. He is being watched closely by the primate team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the first days are crucial. His mom needs to learn how to locomote with the clinging infant and the little guy needs to learn how to nurse and to do his part in clinging. They are both essential skills.
If you are a guest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and travel the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, you could be lucky enough to welcome the newest member of their gorilla family troop, the first born at Animal Kingdom since 2010. The new baby has not been named and is the fourth born at Animal Kingdom as part of AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Species Survival Plan. It helps to manage genetic diversity among species by keeping detailed records of the individuals animals.