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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is turning humans into temporary gorilla moms. Over the next several months, the Zoo will use human surrogates to mimic gorilla behavior with the ultimate goal toMore >>
Over the next several months, the Zoo will use human surrogates to mimic gorilla behavior with the ultimate goal to get a 4-week-old gorilla baby in the hands of a gorilla surrogate.More >>
Wednesday, February 20 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-02-20 19:16:53 GMT
The newest addition to the Gladys Porter Zoo's Western lowland gorilla troop will soon join her new family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.The infant female was born on Tuesday, Jan. 29 toMore >>
The newest addition to the Gladys Porter Zoo's Western lowland gorilla troop will soon join her new family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Our new baby gorilla has a name.
The 4-week-old little one is now named Gladys Stones.
Zoo's Primate Keepers thought this was the perfect way to honor the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, where the baby was born. And, the Zoo's Facebook page agreed with
dozens of names suggesting Gladys.
also decided to give Gladys the last name "Stones" to recognize the Stones
Family, who cared for her in her first few weeks before she came to Cincinnati.
"Jerry and Cindy Stones, of the Gladys Porter Zoo,
deserve all the recognition in the world for how quickly they swooped in and
rescued Gladys," said Ron Evans, Primate Center Team Leader at the Cincinnati
Zoo & Botanical Garden. "Without their around the clock care and attention,
I'm not sure she would still be here today.
It was hard for them to see her go, and took a lot of love for them to
say goodbye, and we wanted to acknowledge that."
Gladys has now made the transition from the Zoo's
Nursery to her new home behind the scenes in the Gorilla World Baby Suite. Zoo surrogates are providing 24/7 care, working
8-hour shifts. Surrogacy involves understanding primate
behavior, vocalizations and mothering instincts. The Baby Suite has been
upgraded to feature 2-inch mesh that will assist keepers when they (eventually)
bottle feed and cameras for around-the-clock monitoring. In addition, the suite will be outfitted with
a mattress for Zoo staff to sit on during their long shifts, especially
Gladys was born on Jan. 29 to parents 14-year old,
"Kiazi" and a 28-year-old silverback male named "Moja".
Kiazi joined the Gladys Porter Zoo's gorilla troop in October 2011
as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan
(SSP) breeding recommendation. She is on breeding loan transfer from the
Cincinnati Zoo. The baby was being
hand-reared by GPZ zookeepers because the new mom displayed a lack of
maternal care. All parties agreed that relocation was the best course of action
for the baby and because the Cincinnati Zoo has two female gorillas available
to serve as potential surrogate mothers, it was decided that the baby should go