The San Diego Zoo Safari Park showed off its newest resident today. The new mother gorilla, Imani, ventured outdoors this week for the first time with her 13-day-old baby girl. Imani and baby were only physically introduced to each other 24 hours earlier, and this was the first time the other gorillas in the troop were able to be in close proximity.
The animal care team offered Imani access to the outdoor exhibit. She walked into the exhibit, cradling her baby, and began foraging and eating some greens. She then found a warm alcove and nursed her baby. The other gorillas - an adult male, three adult females, and two young males - appeared remotely curious about the baby.
The baby was born at the Park on March 12 after an emergency C-section. Since the physical introduction occurred, Imani has been extremely attached, constantly carrying her infant.
The goal of San Diego Zoo Global is bringing species back from the brink of extinction.