The Big Reveal: Dublin Zoo’s Baby Gorilla Has Been Named!

Jill Holtz

June 27, 2019

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It’s been all excitement at Dublin Zoo with the arrival of a new baby gorilla. SSE Airtricity and Dublin Zoo asked the public to help pick the new baby’s name and it’s time for The Big Reveal! Dublin Zoo’s Baby Gorilla Has Been Named!

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Dublin Zoo’s Baby Gorilla Has Been Named!

The infant gorilla was born at Dublin Zoo on 1st April 2019 to first-time mother Kafi and father Bangui.

SSE Airtricity and Dublin Zoo are delighted to announce the name of the baby gorilla, born April 1st at Dublin Zoo, is Asali.

Asali – meaning Honey in Swahili was chosen from thousands of entries after a nationwide competition won by Ina Walsh. As well as naming the baby gorilla, Ina also won the prize of a years’ worth of free electricity from SSE Airtricity.

Followers of RTE’s ‘The Zoo’ can tune in this Sunday where the last episode of this season’s series, proudly sponsored by SSE Airtricity, will see baby Asali being born in Dublin Zoo.

How Asali the Baby Gorilla is Doing

The staff at Dublin Zoo are delighted with the progress that Asali has made; she is being well looked after by her parents and has integrated well with the rest of the gorilla troop.

Asali has a big personality and she has already began to crawl around the habitat. She is developing quickly weighing over 4 kilos and with 6 teeth to date, she is beginning to show an interest in solid food.

Dublin Zoo Team Leader Helen Clarke Bennett says “Asali has had quite the few weeks! She is bright, alert and extremely adventurous. She has come on leaps and bounds over the past few weeks and has even developed a special bond with Kambiri another young female in troop.

The two spend their days playing together and Asali is learning many important life skills from this friendship. We are looking forward to watching Asali’s development and can’t wait to watch her grow into adulthood.”

About Dublin Zoo’s Gorillas

Dublin Zoo is currently home to a troop of 5 western lowland gorillas; Bangui, the dominant male and Asali’s father, and four females, Kafi, mother to Asali, Kambiri, Vana and baby Asali.

The largest of the primates, western lowland gorillas favour quiet, tranquil environments and the design of their habitat at Dublin Zoo, The Gorilla Rainforest, was strongly influenced by behavioural studies of gorillas in the wild.

High, rocky outcrops and trees allow the apes an overview of the surrounding landscape, while streams and dense vegetation allow the gorillas to forage and move to private resting spaces.

Western lowland gorillas are classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

The numbers of these primates living in the wild is expected to fall by over 80% between 1980 and 2046 with deforestation, commercial hunting and a highly contagious virus called Ebola being the three main threats facing their survival.

Dublin Zoo is part of a European breeding programme for western lowland gorillas.


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Published On: June 27th, 2019 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: November 9th, 2021 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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