Kira is a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, and the baby is expected early this summer.
Kira’s pregnancy was confirmed through an over-the-counter home pregnancy test, the same test used by humans. This is the first pregnancy for Kira and the third offspring for 32-year-old male Motuba, whose daughter Amani was born at the Zoo just this past August. The new baby will be Amani’s half-sibling through Motuba. This mama-to-be has shown a lot of interest in baby Amani, and was a great older sister to her younger siblings, so she is expected to be a well-prepared, first-time mother.
A trip to a place like Philadelphia Zoo is a great way for kids to not only have incredible experiences with animals, but they can learn all about conservation, and why it’s so important to look after species – particularly those on the endangered list.
So take a trip to see the little one when it arrives, and help the next generation protect our planet!