Chicago Zoological Society

Brookfield Zoo Introduces 'Ali' The Gorilla Born Last Month

July 03, 2018 - 7:10 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's a girl! And her name is Ali.

Brookfield Zoo announced Monday that the western lowland gorilla born on June 1 is a female and has been named Ali.

The one-month-old gorilla joins her mother, Koola and father, JoJo along with Koola’s two other offspring Kamba and Nora; Zachary, Kamba’s son and Binti Jua, Koola’s mother in the zoo’s Tropic Word: Africa habitat.

Chicago Zoological Society

“Ali is a wonderful addition to the four-generation family of western lowland gorillas currently in the group at Brookfield Zoo,” said Amy Roberts, Senior Curator of Mammals, in a statement. “She has already been welcomed into the existing gorilla social group, which is typically comprised of one adult male (known as a silverback), several adult females, and juveniles.”

Zoogoers will see Ali cling to her mother's abdomen in the first few months, and once she is around three months, people can watch Ali ride on Koola’s back. By four months, she will begin exploring the habitat on her own, but will still stay within arm’s reach of Koola. According to the zoo, by that time Ali will start to sample small pieces of food, but nursing will continue for the next several years.

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered. It is estimated that there are approximately 200,000 western lowland gorillas in their native West Africa habitat and almost 350 western lowland gorillas living in accredited North American zoos.