A baby gorilla from the western plains was born in a natural environment in Gabon to two parents from a French and British zoo, declared June 29, 2021. Zooparc de Beauval (Loir-et-Cher).
Born on the night of June 13-14, 2021
“This is great news, very important in the world for the conservation of this critically endangered species.“, Delphine Delord, assistant director of the ZooParc de Beauval in Saint-Aignan (Loir-et-Cher), told AFP. Her mother Mayombé was born in ZooParc de Beauval and her father Djongo was born at the zoo in Port Lympne, in Kent (United Kingdom) According to the caretakers of the Aspinall Foundation, a non-governmental organization that monitors gorillas reintroduced into Batéké Plateaux National Park in Gabon, a baby gorilla would be born on the night of June 13-14, 2021. It appears 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 him well“said Mrs. Delord.”Djongo (15 years old) approaches them very slowly. We’ve even seen it in camera images, which are activated when the animals pass by, touching the baby. His mother allows it. Male gorillas must play a role in the development of their offspring. We are witnessing the creation of a group start that will be reinforced by the reintroduction of another female born in England.“, she explained.
This birth suggests “a possible better future of this kind“, commented Rodolphe Delord, president of ZooParc and Beauval Nature, which supported the transfer from Mayombé to Gabon in 2019.”It is a key moment for wildlife protection and an extremely emotional day for the whole team.“Damian Aspinall, president of the Aspinall Foundation, was quoted as saying in a press release.”It is a powerful picture to see today the descendants of Djong born in freedom (…) far from human persecution“, he added.
Djongo was born in Port Lympne in 2013, in Gabon, to his father Djal, a gorilla who was born in his natural environment and who lost his family to a poacher before being rescued by the Aspinall Foundation in 1986. According to Beauval Nature, there would be no left “more than 150,000 to 250,000 western lowland gorillas in the wild“. O”800 individuals“would live in zoos.