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Baby Zuna gets a taste of springtime sunshine... and a tiny tooth appears!

Posted by Gigi Allianic, Communications
Photos by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

Spring is here and our baby girl gorilla, 8-week-old Zuna, enjoyed a splash of sunshine in an off-view outdoor area. #SoakUpTheSun

Precious baby Zuna in the spring sunshine
Gorilla keeper Stephanie Payne says, “It’s too early to really recognize any strong personality traits, but Zuna has the incredibly cute habit of sticking her tongue out, as evident in her photos! For now, she’s pretty mellow, but that could change as she’s more able to project her likes and dislikes.”

The baby gorilla reached a new milestone last week: “Zuna’s first tooth has emerged, a lower incisor,” adds Payne. “We can’t wait for her to start walking and climbing, which should be in another couple of months.” 

Little Zuna gets a taste of spring sunshine

Read more about caring for baby Zuna: Q & A with gorilla keeper Stephanie: Get the scoop on caring for Nadiri and her baby Zuna and stay tuned to updates and milestones by visiting and following #GrowingUpGorilla.

Help gorillas in their natural range

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. Funds generated from ECO-CELL support the Mondika Gorilla Project and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

Become a ZooParent in honor of Zuna!
ZooParent adoptions are the perfect way to pay tribute to the zoo’s newest addition. ZooParent adoptions help the zoo provide exceptional care for all of Woodland Park Zoo's amazing animals and support conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

All of us when that Seattle spring sunshine comes out!

Looking for a great read for little ones? Clare Meeker's Growing Up Gorilla is now available at our ZooStores for purchase and follows now 5-year-old Yola's birth and big impact on her gorilla family.