by Jamie Kranz, gorilla keeper
Our baby gorilla now has an official name (and gender!) We have determined to the best of our ability that Lily's baby is a female. Her name is Nyah (pronounced N-eye-uh), meaning "purpose" in Swahili. The name is fitting, since her birth resulted from a breeding recommendation from the gorilla SSP.
|Baby Nyah. Photos by keeper Kayla Krajna|
Lily was trained to bring the baby up to the mesh in their holding area. She would allow keepers to syringe and bottle feed the baby through the mesh. Luckily it was not needed, but this training was important. If Lily was unable to nurse, the keepers could have allowed the baby to remain in her care, while keeping the baby healthy through bottle feeding.