BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The newest addition to the Gladys Porter Zoo’s Western lowland gorilla troop will soon join her new family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio. The infant female was born late on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to parents Kiazi and silverback male, Moja.
Kiazi joined the Gladys Porter Zoo’s gorilla troop in October 2011 as part of a Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation. She came to us from the Pittsburg Zoo but is on breeding loan transfer from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
Kiazi’s baby is being hand-reared by GPZ zookeepers because the new mom displayed a lack of maternal care. All parties agreed that relocation was the best course of action for the baby because the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has two female gorillas available to serve as potential surrogate mothers. Both adult females have proven to be excellent mothers. Her introduction process to a new gorilla troop will be gradual to ensure a favorable integration.
Through this breeding loan, this baby female gorilla belongs to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The Gladys Porter Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and SSP coordinators have decided to relocate the baby gorilla to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden for introduction into their gorilla troop.
The baby will be relocated within the next week. She is currently housed in the Small World nursery of the Zoo adjacent to the petting yard. The Gladys Porter Zoo encourages all Rio Grande Valley residents and visitors to make plans to visit her before her departure.