A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney’s Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy…

A baby male gorilla has been born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on Tuesday and it is a big event. Mjukuu, as the baby was named (which means “grandchild” or “second generation” in Swahili), marks the beginning of a second generation of Western Lowland Gorillas at the zoo. His mother Mbeli was born at Taronga Zoo in 2003.

The couple have been receiving a lot of attention since the birth and new pictures and video show Mbeli cradling and breast-feeding three-day-old Mjukuu.

Lou Grossfelt, Taronga Zoo’s senior primate keeper, explained that Mbeli grew up in a natural gorilla family group, adding:

She has seen first-hand how to care for an infant.

The tiny, and incredibly human-like baby, is fathered by Kibali — Taronga’s new Silverback gorilla — who arrived at the zoo in 2012 from France to take the place of the retired Kibabu — an older Silverback gorilla. Kibali was chosen because he was thought to have the ideal behavior for Taronga Zoo. Mjukuu is his first child. (Scroll down for the video report.)

1. Mbeli and her new infant have been photographed bonding, as she cradles and breastfeeds baby Mjukuu.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

2. The birth of a male gorilla has been welcomed by Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, marking the beginning of a second generation of Western Lowland Gorillas.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

3. Mbeli, who was born at Taronga Zoo in 2003, gave birth to her tiny newborn, Mjukuu, on Tuesday.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

Cameron Kerr, director and chief executive at Taronga Zoo, was happy to announce the birth of Mjukuu, at a time when the gorilla population is declining. He said:

This birth is vital for Taronga’s highly successful Western Lowland Gorilla breeding program. Taronga continues to tell many people about the plight of gorillas in the wild and what can be done just by visiting Taronga to see this infant.

Taronga supports gorillas in the wild through the “They’re Calling On You” Project to recycle mobile phones to help reduce illegal mining in gorilla habitat and to fund extra wildlife rangers to protect gorillas and other wildlife in Africa.

Researchers have also warned that the current Ebola outbreak could have devastating effects on gorilla populations. In 2003 and 2004, the virus reduced the number of gorillas in the Republic of Congo’s Pdzala Kokoua National Park from 380 to less than 40. This newborn is the latest contribution to Taronga’s story of hope for wildlife.

Great news all around!

4. Adorable photos of baby Mjukuu feeding from her mother, Mbeli.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

5. Adorable photos of baby Mjukuu feeding from her mother, Mbeli.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

6. Human-like pictures of Mbeli embracing her son, as he feeds from her breasts.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

7. Human-like pictures of Mbeli embracing her son, as he feeds from her breasts.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

8. Mjukuu’s birth marks the beginning of a second generation of Western Lowland Gorillas.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

9. The mother cradles her newborn, who was born at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on Tuesday.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

10. Lou Grossfelt, Taronga Zoo’s senior primate keeper said that Mbeli grew up in a natural gorilla family group. She said Mbeli has seen first-hand how to care for an infant.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

11. The petite human-like infant is fathered by Taronga’s new Silverback gorilla, Kibali, who arrived at the zoo in 2012 from France to follow retired Kibabu, an older Silverback gorilla.

A New Baby Gorilla At Sydney's Taronga Zoo Makes His Mother Proud And Everyone Happy...

Here is the video report:

Source: Taronga Zoo.

Via The Daily Mail.

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