Critically endangered gorilla born at Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo is celebrating the birth of a critically endangered Western lowland gorilla.

Thursday, 13th October 2016, 11:48 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 4:22 pm
The latest arrival was born to mother, Namoki, and father, Gugas, on 28 August 2016.

Born to mother, Namoki, and father, Gugas, on August 28, newborn gorillas cling to their mother’s stomach for the first few months.

For this reason, keepers have only recently been able to discover that the infant is a girl - and she has now been named Olivia.

Gorillas are family-oriented animals that live in groups called troops. A troop is made up of one silverback male, several females and infants.

For the first months, the newborn clings to the mother's stomach. Keepers recently discovered the infant is a female and she has been named Olivia.

Western lowland gorillas come from the dense forests of western central Africa.

Gorillas are the largest of all primate species (a group of animals that includes monkeys, lemurs, orang-utans, chimpanzees and even humans.

For the first months, the newborn clings to the mother's stomach. Keepers recently discovered the infant is a female and she has been named Olivia.
For the first months, the newborn clings to the mother's stomach. Keepers recently discovered the infant is a female and she has been named Olivia.
For the first months, the newborn clings to the mother's stomach. Keepers recently discovered the infant is a female and she has been named Olivia.