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Columbus Zoo announces birth of baby gorilla, and she's just the cutest little thing

Posted at 11:22 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 11:23:02-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo welcomed a new baby gorilla last week.

Jamani was born April 15.

The name Jamani means “friend” in Swahili.

Zoo officials said that Jamani's mom, Cassie, is providing excellent care to her baby.

Jamani is the 33rd gorilla to be born at the Columbus Zoo.

“We are extremely proud of the Columbus Zoo’s successful contributions over the years to the knowledge and understanding of these incredible gorillas, as well as our continued commitment to gorilla conservation. Each birth is extremely special and is important to celebrate as it offers hope for their future. This week, as we also marked the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we have the perfect opportunity to reflect on how each and every one of us can make a positive difference. At the Columbus Zoo, we are inspired every day by the animals in our care, as well as by our community and supporters, who share with us a passion for protecting wildlife and wild places,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf.