LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a girl. The Los Angeles Zoo announced Monday that its staff have determined the sex of a Western lowland gorilla that was born on Jan. 18.
The baby, who doesn't yet have a name, is the first gorilla born at the zoo in more than 20 years.
She's the first child for 25-year-old N'djia (en-JEE'-uh), who came to the zoo in 2018 from the San Diego Zoo as part of a breeding project.
The father is a 32-year-old named Kelly. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered because of poaching, diseases and habitat loss.
*It’s a girl!* L.A Zoo animal care staff are excited to confirm our baby gorilla is a female! Over the coming months, guests can expect to see N’Djia continue to carry her baby against her chest until the baby is strong enough to hang on N'Djia's back. #LAZooGorillaBaby.🦍😍💕 pic.twitter.com/3ZXuo5Q8qU
— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) February 10, 2020