Critically Endangered Gorilla Baby Born at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has supported several gorilla conservation projects over the years, and they’re reaping the fruits of their labor. The Ohio-based zoo has just welcomed its latest resident—an endangered baby western lowland gorilla.

The newborn’s mother Sue and father Ktembe were paired together in an attempt to maintain the genetic diversity of threatened and endangered species in professional care. The baby gorilla continues Columbus Zoo’s ongoing legacy of their gorilla program that’s been going on since 1956, and it’s the 35th gorilla born at this zoo.

The newborn gorilla and his family will settle in the indoor viewing area in the Congo Expedition region from July 8. In addition to Ktembe, Sue, and their new baby, Columbus Zoo’s gorilla family also includes Nia, Cassie, and Jamani.

Audra Meinelt, the curator of the Columbus Zoo’s Congo Expedition region, said they’re proud of the dedication of their care teams who work diligently to provide the gorillas with top-quality care and well-being.

“With tiny hands and beautiful big brown eyes that melt our hearts, this baby is absolutely precious – in regard to both the cuteness factor and what the baby represents for this species’ future,” said Meinelt in a statement.