DALLAS (KXAN) — A week ago, the Dallas Zoo welcomed an endangered baby gorilla to its family, and now it’s sharing the little one with the world.
The as-yet-unnamed gorilla debuted at the Zoo Thursday, carried by its mother, Hope. She gave birth last Monday and the zoo let her and her mate, Subira, bond with the baby behind the scenes before showing it off to the public.
Zookeepers have not yet determined if the baby is a boy or girl.
The birth is an exciting one for the zoo and for conservationists. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered. It’s been 20 years since one was born at the zoo. This will be the fifth baby gorilla it has cared for in the past 50 years.