NC Zoo gorilla pregnant

Posted May 4, 2011

— One of the gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo is expecting a baby this summer, zoo officials said Tuesday, marking the first time in 22 years that a baby gorilla could be born at the zoo.

Eleven-year-old Jamani, who was transferred to Asheboro from the San Diego Zoo in January 2010, should deliver her first baby in late July or early August, officials said. The father is 19-year-old Nkosi, who arrived from the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo in March 2008.

The pairing of the two was recommended by the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, a cooperative program of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums aimed at improving the captive care and breeding of highly endangered great apes.

Zookeepers and veterinarians suspected Jamani might be pregnant as early as December, officials said. A number of pregnancy tests given over the ensuing months were positive, but the pending birth wasn't confirmed until a sonogram provided a view of the baby. Zookeepers don't yet know whether the baby is a boy or a girl.

The N.C. Zoo’s first baby gorilla, Kwanza, was born in March 1989. He instantly became the zoo’s marquee attraction and was credited with bringing 80,000 additional visitors to the Asheboro zoo during his first year on exhibit.

Kwanza was transferred in 1998 to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in another breeding move coordinated by the Gorilla Species Survival Plan.


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  • wildcat May 5, 2011

    and piped in Barry White music. It works for me....


  • Frizz May 5, 2011

    "the first time in 22 years that a baby gorilla could be born at the zoo."

    I think it would help if they put a male and a female in the same enclosure and piped in Barry White music. It works for me....

  • wildcat May 5, 2011

    Your tax dollars will be paying for that.

  • IBleedRedandWhite May 4, 2011

    So when do we get the webcamera up? Lol. Congrats to NC Zoo and hopefully everything will go smoothly and we can welcome a new member to the zoo.

  • 2headstrong May 4, 2011

    Wow, if someone hasn't died, something hasn't been destroyed, or there's not a scandal involved, some folks don't think it's news.

    Since the headline is pretty self-explanatory, why bother even clicking on it, let alone reading it or worse, commenting on it if you don't care?

    Nice to see some happy news around here for once! :)

  • cwood3 May 4, 2011

    This is really important WRAL!! Give me a break!!

  • fatchanceimwrong May 4, 2011

    I gotta quit drinking so much...

  • Legal Lady May 4, 2011

    dryjr, your comment almost made me fall out of my chair! Very funny!

  • jandt2003 May 4, 2011

    Very cool a new baby for the zoo. That is awesome. People need to be positive not negative.

  • sniperdiver May 4, 2011

    Who's da babys Daddy?