For the first time since a baby gorilla was born more than 2 weeks ago, The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has re-opened their primate exhibit.
The building has been closed since the birth of a baby to Asha, one of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s female gorillas. Asha immediately picked up her baby after delivery and has been nursing and caring for her offspring since the January 31 birth. Zoo officials have kept the building closed and have not allowed the general public access to the gorilla exhibit since the birth, giving the gorilla troop and the Zoo’s primate keepers an opportunity to adjust to the new arrival.
Large crowds are expected at the Zoo this weekend there will be a limit on the number of guests that can be in Primate Building at any one time.
This gorilla birth comes nearly one year after the birth of Umande, the male gorilla born on February 18, 2006 at the Zoo. Umande was hand-reared by Zoo staff and volunteers after his mother, Kwisha, did not care for him. Umande was sent to the Columbus Zoo in October of 2006 to be united with his surrogate mother, Lulu, who has adopted him.