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A Baby Gorilla Was Born In The Wild To Captive-Bred Parents, And This Made History!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since its establishment in 2002 is Plateau Batéké National Park in Gabon’s east and south. It has an area of nearly 2,034 square kilomet

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site since its establishment in 2002 is Plateau Batéké National Park in Gabon’s east and south. It has an area of nearly 2,034 square kilometers and is well-known for its tall Bateke plateau forests, grasslands, and dense undergrowth. Debrazza monkeys, Allen’s swamp monkeys, birds, and many amphibian species can all be found in the park.

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Image source: The Aspinall Foundation

The infant was born to a 13-year-old mother Mayombe and a 15-year-old father Djongo. Both were obviously raised in captivity.

2013 saw Djongo join Plateau Batéké National Park. He was born at Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, England but lost his family due to poaching. Djongo suffered mistreatment at the hands of his captors before being adopted by the Aspinall Foundation, a conservation organization. The father, Djala, and the young gorilla were later moved to Gabon.

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Image source: The Aspinall Foundation

Mayombe arrived at Gabon from ZooParc de Beauval, France where she was born in 2019. Following a partnership between the Aspinall charity and the zoo, she was released.

Knowing that Djongo and Mayombe gave birth to their first child in the wild is amazing. It’s almost impossible for captive-breed animals to give birth in nature. The zoo personnel was shocked when the infant gorilla showed up because of this. The gorilla program has been successful thanks to this birth!

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Image source: The Aspinall Foundation

The infant is continuously being watched by the trap cameras. He continues to cling to his parents for a few more months and is doing okay. He is being embraced by everyone.

H/T: Koala

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