Baby Gorilla Reunited with Mother

Nayembi and mama gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Nayembi and mama gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo by Lincoln Park Zoo.

Nayembi, a female western lowland gorilla, was recently reunited with her mother after she was separated to recover from an injury. They live together at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL.

Before the full reunion, the two were able to see and smell each other under the watchful eye of caregivers.

The pair will be given some privacy to bond before the public will be able to visit with them again.

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Photo by Lincoln Park Zoo.

Surrogate Mother in Training for Rejected Baby Gorilla

Baby gorilla

San Francisco zookeepers are currently training Bawang, a proven mother, to care for the baby gorilla born in December of last year.  The baby’s mother, Monifa, had abandoned the little one shortly after his birth and took no interest in tending to him.

According to Corrine MacDonald, curator of primates at the San Francisco Zoo, “Teaching Bawang to be a surrogate mom is no easy task and it’s going to take a lot of time and patience. She is an incredibly intelligent gorilla and all of us are committed to bringing these two together and ensuring this infant becomes a beloved member of the troop.”

Monifa, Bawang, and the infant are western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), which are critically endangered in the wild.

For more information about the baby gorilla, see: NBC Bay Area’s “They Found a Mother Who Could Love This Face.”