Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications
|Nadiri is in the final days of her second pregnancy. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
|Nadiri in 2016 with daughter Yola, who is now 5 years old. Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo|
During this birth watch period, zoo volunteers will be able to remotely monitor the expectant mom via cameras installed in Nadiri’s bedroom. They will collect data and look for any telltale signs of behavioral changes that might indicate the onset of labor. While volunteers are on the overnight shift, a gorilla keeper is always on call to respond just in case Nadi goes into labor in the wee hours. This monitoring schedule will continue until the birth.
Watch new video of Nadiri here: https://youtu.be/F52ktujj3jA
Kwame is an experienced dad now, having sired Kitoko with 13-year-old female Uzumma last March. He has proven himself to be a gentle, playful and patient father to the nearly 1-year-old boy. Once Nadiri gives birth the infant will be a half-sister or brother for both little Kitoko and 5-year-old Yola—and we fully expect the next months and years to be filled with lots of playful and mischievous antics for both the youngsters and adults!
|Silverback Kwame is an experienced and patient father. Here he shares breakfast with his young son, Kitoko. Photo: Woodland Park Zoo|
Nadiri and Kwame were paired under the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, which is a cooperative, conservation breeding program across zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to help ensure a healthy, self-sustaining population of the species. Two groups of gorillas currently live at the zoo. Group one: Kwame, Nadiri, Yola, Uzumma, Kitoko and Akenji. Group two: Vip and Jumoke.
How to Help Gorillas
Gorillas in the wild typically live in groups of 5 to 10, composed of a dominant silverback (adult male), several adult females, adolescents, juveniles and babies. Sometimes groups can consist of two to more than 50 family members.
Every visit to Woodland Park Zoo supports conservation of animals in the wild. Join the zoo by recycling old cell phones and other used handheld electronics through ECO-CELL to help preserve gorilla habitat. Reclaiming the minerals in electronics and diverting them from landfills help reduce demand for mining in gorilla habitat. Drop off used handheld electronics including cell phones, smartphones, iPods, iPads, tablets, adapters, chargers, MP3 players, handheld gaming systems and their accessories at drop boxes located at both zoo entrances or the gorilla overlook. Funds generated from ECO-CELL support the Mondika Gorilla Project and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
Gorillas: the Largest Ape in the World
- Gorillas belong to the family of great apes: gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo and orangutan. Apes are found only in Africa and Asia.
- Gorillas are muscular and very powerful. Adult males weigh between 350 and 600 pounds. Adult females weigh between 150 and 300 pounds.
- Gorillas are primarily vegetarian. They eat leaves, other vegetation and fruits. Occasionally they’ll even snack on termites and ants!
- The estimated population of western lowland gorillas in the wild is about 300,000. Woodland Park Zoo is open—visit now! Go to https://www.zoo.org/visit to purchase timed-entry tickets.
Growing Up Gorilla
To follow Nadiri's progress, news about her baby after the birth, and updates about little Kitoko, the youngster who was born last March, go to zoo.org/growingupgorilla.
Becoming a ZooParent
ZooParent adoptions—which can include a plush toy—are the perfect gift for budding conservationists. Your ZooParent adoption helps us provide exceptional care for all of Woodland Park Zoo's amazing animals. Plus, your support contributes to our conservation efforts at the zoo and around the world.
|A gorilla ZooParent adoption can include a plush toy. Adopt today!|