The baby gorilla is the first to be born in the wild to parents who were both born in zoos.
A BABY GOrilla is the first to be born in the wild to parents who were born in zoos.
Mother Mayombe, 13, and father Djongo, 15, are the parents of the western lowland gorilla. The gender of the creature has not been revealed. Djongo was born in the Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne Reserve in Kent and was reunited with his father Djala, a wild-born orphan who lost his family to poachers, in Gabon, West Africa, in 2013.
Mayombe was born at the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan, France, and was returned to Gabon in 2019 as a result of a partnership with the foundation.
“This is a significant milestone for animal conservation – and a profoundly emotional day for our team,” said chairman Damian Aspinall.