An 18-year-old western lowland gorilla gave birth Monday at the Brookfield Zoo, officials said today.
The infant was born in the early morning hours to Koola, according to Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo.
Guests will be able to see the mother and infant in the exhibit titled "Tropic World: Africa." Koola already has a 9-year-old daughter, Kamba.
Along with Koola and her new child, the exhibit already houses Kamba, Koola's mother Binti, 25 and JoJo, 33, the sire of the infant. The infant is a female, zoo officials said, and has not yet been named.
JoJo arrived at Brookfield Zoo from Lincoln Park Zoo in May 2012 based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Gorilla Species Survival Plan, officials said.
A Species Survival Plan is a cooperative population management and conservation program for species in accredited North American zoos and aquariums.
Each plan manages the breeding of a species to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable, according to the society.
According to the Western Lowland Gorilla Species Survival Plan, JoJo is one of the most genetically valuable males in the zoo population. Currently, there are 342 western lowland gorillas in 53 accredited North American zoos.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun