The Toledo Zoo welcomes baby gorilla into the world

. January 1, 2018.

A new year provides a new addition to check out at The Toledo Zoo: a baby gorilla! Mokonzi, a male Western lowland gorilla, was born in late November. He is healthy, bonding well with his parents and can be seen indoors at the Kingdom of the Apes exhibit. Monkonzi, which means governor in Swahili, was born with an instinctive grasp behavior, allowing him to hold onto mom’s chest as she moves around. Soon he’ll learn to crawl and will move to riding on mom’s back until he’s about 4 years old. “We are always thrilled to announce new additions, but are even more excited to showcase the continuation of our mission of caring for animals and conserving the natural world through new births. We are excited to watch this little gorilla grow and for future generations to appreciate these amazing creatures,” said Shayla Moriarty, Toledo Zoo’s director of communication.