Dallas Zoo Names Baby Gorilla

Steven Pickering
July 20, 2018 - 4:54 pm

Dallas Zoo


DALLAS (KRLD) - The Dallas Zoo has announced the name of the first baby gorilla born at the zoo in 20 years. The baby's name is Saambili - and zoo officials say it's a girl.

She's named after Aldegonde Saambili, who is a noted gorilla caretaker in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE).

"Thank you very much for this acknowledgment to us caregivers at GRACE. I promise to continue faithfully with my job of caring for baby gorillas all my life," said Aldegonde Saambili

Baby Saambili and her mother, Hope, are making early morning appearances in the Dallas Zoo's gorilla habitat, weather permitting.