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On June 7, 2018 the Toronto Zoo welcomed a new critically endangered Western lowland gorilla.

We are excited to announce that Ngozi, our 20-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth in the early morning of June 7, 2018. Both mom and baby are healthy and doing well, and Wildlife Care Staff will continue to monitor their development. At this time, we cannot determine the sex of the baby as it remains close to mom.

This is Ngozi's third birth, all sired by Charles, the Zoo's 46-year-old silverback male. This newborn is the 10th of this critically endangered species to be sired by Charles and born here at the Toronto Zoo. The Zoo is part of the Western lowland gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which aims to establish and maintain healthy, genetically diverse populations, and overall conservation efforts to save this incredible species. This newest addition to the Zoo's troop is genetically significant for the North American Western lowland gorilla population.

You may catch a glimpse of Ngozi and her newborn in the African Rainforest pavilion, however, we ask that visitors keep their voices down during this sensitive time. Please note there is no confirmed viewing schedule.

June 14, 2018

It’s a GIRL!

This morning we hosted a gender and name reveal for our new baby gorilla. This female baby was named Charlie by Wildlife Care Staff as a namesake of her father Charles, the Zoo’s 46-year-old silverback male.

Charles came to the Toronto Zoo as an orphan in 1974 and has come to be one of our most iconic Zoo residents. He has proven himself to be an ideal example of what a silverback represents, siring 10 surviving offspring and being grandfather to six gorillas. The keepers traditionally name the baby with the first initial of their mother’s name however, they felt that with this new birth it was time to honour the patriarch of the Toronto Zoo’s Western lowland gorilla troop, Charles.

Mom, 20 year-old Ngozi, and baby Charlie are both healthy and doing well, and we will continue to monitor their development. You may catch a glimpse of Ngozi and Charlie in the African Rainforest pavilion on your next visit.