Dallas Zoo

Endangered Gorilla Gives Birth At Dallas Zoo

July 02, 2018 - 5:28 pm

DALLAS (KRLD) - There are surely a ton of smiling faces at the Dallas Zoo on Monday after they welcomed their first baby gorilla in 20 years.

22-year-old Hope, a critically endangered western lowland gorilla, gave birth to the baby last Monday after laboring for just over an hour.

“Welcoming a critically endangered gorilla into our family is one of the most significant animal announcements we can make, and we’ve waited patiently for 20 years for this moment,” said Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo’s President and CEO. “We’ve dedicated years of conservation field work to saving gorillas in the wild and now we’re proudly increasing their numbers in human care. We’re truly beaming with pride. ”

The Dallas Zoo says both Hope and the baby are doing well, and that Hope is tending to the baby perfectly.

Silverback Subira, a first-time father, was the first member of the troop to greet the baby, gently putting his lips on the infant’s head shortly after birth.

Hope has been keeping the baby close, so keepers have been unable to definitively confirm the gender. 

The zoo cares for nine gorillas, including its bachelor troop who live on the south side of the Gorilla Trail, and the family troop who live on the north side.