Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes Second Newborn Gorilla

The birth comes one month after the birth of a male on Mother's Day

Shannon Blum
June 14, 2019 - 8:07 am
Lincoln Park Zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop welcomed another new face June 12 at Regenstein Center for African Apes! Bana, 24, gave birth to a healthy infant, exactly one month after the arrival of a male infant, born to female Rollie, May 12.

Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The troop of western lowland gorillas at Lincoln Park Zoo continues to grow.

Lincoln Park Zoo announced the birth of another western lowland gorilla, born June 12 - exactly one month after the birth of a male infant on May 12. This marks the 54th gorilla birth for the zoo.

This is the second offspring for mother, Bana, 24, who gave birth to female Patty in 2012. The father, Kwan, 30, is the silverback of the family group and continues to watch over the two. 

Lincoln Park Zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop welcomed another new face June 12 at Regenstein Center for African Apes! Bana, 24, gave birth to a healthy infant, exactly one month after the arrival of a male infant, born to female Rollie, May 12.
Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

“As with any birth, we are cautiously optimistic about the latest arrival. Bana is an experienced mother who is displaying appropriate maternal skills and care,” said Curator of Primates Jill Moyse, in a statement.

According to the zoo, the newborn is staying tucked in close and clinging to Bana and has begun nursing.

The gender of the newborn is yet to be announced. It joins a troop of eight individuals, including adult females Bahati and Rollie, three juvenile females Bella, Nayembi, and Patty, and the recent male infant. Both gorilla infants have yet to be named.

“Having two offspring born close together provides such an exciting time for guests and gorillas alike,” Moyse said. “The infants will have the opportunity to grow, develop, and explore their surroundings together and learn from one another.”

The Regenstein Center for African Apes exhibit will remain until Sunday, June 16 as the gorilla group continues to acclimate to the new arrival. After Sunday, the building will be open intermittently. As the troop adjusts, the gorilla family group may not be visible indoors, but will be visible when they explore their outdoor habitat.

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Lincoln Park Zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop welcomed another new face June 12 at Regenstein Center for African Apes! Bana, 24, gave birth to a healthy infant, exactly one month after the arrival of a male infant, born to female Rollie, May 12.
Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop welcomed another new face June 12 at Regenstein Center for African Apes! Bana, 24, gave birth to a healthy infant, exactly one month after the arrival of a male infant, born to female Rollie, May 12.
Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo