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It's a girl: Female gorilla born at Brookfield Zoo

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New arrival: Photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society shows Koola, an 18-year-old western lowland gorilla, cuddling with her newborn female infant born Monday at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. The baby is yet unnamed. Currently, there are 342 western lowland gorillas in 53 accredited North American zoos. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

 

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) - There’s a new addition to the Africa exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo - a baby western lowland gorilla.

The Chicago Zoological Society says the female gorilla was born Nov. 4.

Her mother is 18-year-old Koola and her father is the 33-year-old JoJo.

Zoo officials say visitors will be able to see the baby in the Tropic World: Africa exhibit with her family, which also includes Koola’s 9-year-old daughter, Kamba, and 25-year-old mother, Binti.

JoJo was moved to Brookfield Zoo from Lincoln Park Zoo in May 2012 to be part of a breeding and species survival program aimed at bolstering the numbers and genetic diversity of western lowland gorillas.

Officials say there currently are 342 western lowland gorillas living at 53 accredited North American zoos.

 

 

 

Posted 11/6/2013