Baby Gorilla Born at SF Zoo

For the past several years I have been waiting for a new baby gorilla to be born at the SF Zoo and it has finally happened. A couple of years back the SF Zoo received a female gorilla named Monifa to be paired up with the male gorilla named Oscar Jonesy that is head of the gorilla group at the zoo. Oscar Jonesy and Monifa are apart of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) which was selected by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). I had heard last week that one of the gorillas was pregnant but was not quite sure if it was Monifa or not. I just found out that on Monday Monifa gave birth to a healthy boy. Monifa is a first time mom and has not taken on her motherly roll so the staff are taking care of the baby at this moment but they hope to reintroduce Monifa and the baby back together in the near future.

Pictures of the new baby gorilla

It looks like he has his fathers smile :)

Pictures of Oscar Jonesy and Monifa:

Photo credits: , Susan Pettitt.

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December 11, 2008


Exciting news! I look forward to seeing many photos of this little guy as he grows up.

December 10, 2008


Well a quick update. They had anesthetized Monifa this morning to give her an exam and they put the baby on her chest as she slept. The baby nursed from Monifa but when Monifa woke up she wanted nothing to do with her baby. There is another gorilla in the zoos gorilla group that has been established as an excellent mom in the past and is also the matriarch of the group that they are going to try to have her raise the baby as her own since Monifa is not taking any interest. Bawang the matriarch of the group has already been taking an interest in the little guy so that might be a good sign for him to be raised with the gorillas but if she does not work out the keepers will have to raise the little guy by hand.

December 10, 2008


I hope they let his mom hold him! Very cute! Hope he grows into that nose.

December 10, 2008


Had to share those pictures cause I thought they are cute :) I can't wait to start photographing him and watching him grow up. Not sure when I will get to see him since he is not with his mom at this moment but hopefully soon he will be introduced to the gorilla group.

December 10, 2008


ummmm thats cute man

December 10, 2008


Now those are some fabulous baby photos! Huge congratulations to all of those that strive to protect these wonderful beings.

December 10, 2008


Awww so cute!! I wish him a long & healthy life :)

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