Disney’s Animal Kingdom has welcomed a new baby to the bunch. The animal care team is thrilled to announce the birth of a western lowland gorilla. Meet Grace.
The baby, born to mom Kashata and dad Gino, was delivered Wednesday morning May 1. Both mom and baby are doing well and bonding onstage at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.
To reveal the gender of the baby, Animal Kingdom used a special enrichment tactic that involved the entire family. The gorillas opened a wrapped box to reveal pink confetti inside.
Kashata and Gino were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan. The program is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and ensures responsible breeding of critically endangered species.
Grace is named after the GRACE gorilla sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is dedicated to helping gorillas orphaned by poaching. Animal Care experts have spent more than 10 years helping the GRACE team and local community orphan gorillas and protect the species in the wild.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is in full celebration mode over Grace. Guests can spot the new baby gorilla at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and take part in exclusive photo opportunities. There is also a specialty cupcake available for purchase at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.