The baby gorilla was born in a natural environment in Gabon to two parents from a French and British zoo, the Zooparc de Beauval (Loir-et-Cher) announced on Tuesday.
“This is extraordinary news, very important in the world for the conservation of this critically endangered species,” said Delphine Delord, assistant director of the ZooParc de Beauval, in Saint-Aignan (Loir-and-Cher).
Her mother Mayombé was born at Beauval Zoo and her father Djongo at Port Lympne Zoo (United Kingdom).
According to the caretakers of the Aspinall Foundation, a non-governmental organization that monitors gorillas reintroduced into the Batéké Plateaux National Park in Gabon, the baby gorilla was born on the night of June 13-14. He seems to be in good health.
“Nature is brutal. Anything can happen. This baby is fragile, but currently Mayombé (13 years old) keeps her newborn baby in perfect position and feeds it well,” Ms Debord said.
“Djongo (15 years old) approaches them very slowly. We even saw him in the pictures of the cameras, which are activated when the animals pass, touch the baby. His mother allows it. Male gorillas play a role in the development of their offspring. will be reinforced by the reintroduction of another female born in England, ”she said.
This birth suggests “a possible better future for this species,” commented Rodolphe Delord, president of ZooParc and Beauval Nature, who followed the 2019 transfer from Mayombé to Gabon.
According to Beauval Nature, “only 150,000 to 250,000 western lowland gorillas remain in the wild.” About “800 individuals” are believed to live in zoos.