It’s a Girl! Pittsburgh Zoo Hosts Naming Contest for Its Newborn Gorilla
This is the second baby born to Ibo, an endangered Western lowland gorilla.
Here’s your chance to name a new animal at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.
The zoo is asking the public to name its newest addition to the gorilla exhibit, a baby girl born on Feb. 14. Her mother is 32-year-old Ibo.
“With this new baby coming later in life, Ibo is a great mom,” Karen Vacco, assistant curator of mammals, says in a statement on the zoo website. “She is showing off the baby, cradling and nursing. She naturally knows what to do and doesn’t need any intervention from staff. We are tracking their progress, and they’re both doing really well.”
The newborn is gradually being introduced to zoo guests, with more consistent public habitat time expected in the future. She is Ibo’s second baby, coming 24 years after her first. The baby’s birth is a welcome addition to the critically endangered Western lowland gorilla species.
For the chance to name the newborn, guests can donate $5 and submit a name. The top names vetted by keeper staff will then go on for a final selection. The public can vote for their favorite name on pittsburghzoo.org.