Sekani and her newborn. Photo by Karen Caster.

The Little Rock Zoo has a happy announcement: The birth of a healthy baby gorilla. The baby, whose sex has not been determined, was born to Sekani, who came to the zoo in 2004 from Toronto; her baby is her third. The father of the baby is a silverback, Kivu, and he is being “very attentive” to his first child, the zoo reports. Kivu came to the zoo in 2016 from Santa Barbara.

The zoo said that Sekani and the baby can be seen periodically throughout the day. Sekani’s first baby, Mosi, born in 2006, was transferred in 2012, to the Lincoln Park Zoo to live with a bachelor group of young gorillas, the zoo said. Sekani’s second baby, Adelina, lives with her and the zoo’s other Western Lowland gorilla female, Catherine, at the zoo.


Folks who have been grieving the death of kitty-loving and sign-language-using Koko have happy news today.