N.C. Zoo welcomes new gorilla

Posted January 14, 2010 2:33 p.m. EST

— Zookeepers at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro welcomed a new gorilla to the facility Wednesday.

Jamani, a 10-year-old female, came from the San Diego Zoo. She is the first of two new females designated for North Carolina this year. Acacia, a 15-year-old from the Oklahoma City Zoo, will be arriving in early February.

After a period of quarantine and adaptation, the new gorillas will join 18-year-old male “Nkosi” in the zoo’s outdoor Forest Glade gorilla habitat.