The Zoo is throwing an adorable baby shower for their pregnant gorilla, Tumani. She is a western lowland gorilla, and they are considered critically endangered creatures. This marks the first birth of their species at the zoo in almost 20 years.
The baby is due to be born in late summer. The infant will be born to 13-year-old Tumani and 27-year-old Okpara, a silverback gorilla, and will be the couple’s first baby. Furthermore, the zoo also decided to celebrate the upcoming baby by throwing the pregnant gorilla, Tumani, a baby shower. They also created a baby registry for the family so people can send them gifts. The registry includes items that will help the animals stay healthy and gain proper nutrition.
Dr. Robert MacLean, the Zoo’s Senior Veterinarian said in a statement, “We are working closely with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ gorilla birth plan to guarantee that Tumani and the infant are receiving the best prenatal care.”
Also adding, “There are many risks involved with gorilla births, especially in a troop unfamiliar with an infant, but we are working with the entire troop to ensure they are ready for the new addition.”
The CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute, Ron Forman stated, “So much hard work and dedication has gone into welcoming our first gorilla birth in more than two decades. By visiting an AZA-accredited zoo like Audubon, you are supporting our conservation efforts for critically endangered species like western lowland gorillas.”
The staff and experts at the Audubon zoo are working hard with the gorilla family to keep them safe and healthy.
You can check out Tumani’s baby registry here!