No monkey business: 2 Como Zoo gorillas expecting babies   Leave a comment

Two gorillas at the Como Zoo are expecting.

This is a historic moment for the zoo. In its 55-year history of caring for gorillas, these will be the first births at the zoo.

Como Zoo officials announced Monday that 12-year-old Alice (above left) and 11-year-old Dara (above right) are pregnant for the first time. The zoo’s denizen, 28-year-old Schroeder, is the first-time father for both babies.

Alice and Dara were brought to the Como Zoo recently to help preserve the gorilla species. Western lowland gorillas are highly endangered due to loss of habitat, poaching and disease, the zoo says. Schroeder, now a stud, is considered genetically valuable to conservationists.

“We were hoping they would get pregnant,” zookeeper Allison Junghein told FOX 9. “We just didn’t think it would be one after the other.”

pregnancy test gorillaBefore the gorillas got pregnant they stopped taking birth control pills. They were kept in the…

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Posted 19 November, 2014 by Wolf is my Soul in News/Nyheter

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