WHAT: The Columbus Zoo’s baby gorilla to be introduced to indoor gorilla habitat.
WHEN: Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 12 to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Indoor gorilla habitat located in the Expedition Congo African Forest region of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
WHY: A male gorilla was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on May 23, 2013 at 3:22 a.m. Zoo guests will be able to see him daily from noon to 3 p.m. beginning May 30.
This is the first offspring for mother, Kambera (kam-bear-uh) and father Oliver. Kambera has displayed a lack of maternal skills; therefore, Columbus Zoo animal care experts are raising him in an environment that provides around-the-clock neonatal care and nurturing. They spend a significant amount of time close to Kambera with the hope of being able to reunite the baby with her in the near future. If efforts to reunite the baby with his mother are unsuccessful, the animal care team will work towards introducing him to a surrogate gorilla mother at the Columbus Zoo over the next several months.
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.