Bristol Zoo’s baby gorilla Kukena is about to celebrate his fourth birthday.
Kukena was born on September 27th, 2011 to mum Salome and the troops’ silverback Jock.
Jock and Salome are genetically important gorillas because their genetic lines aren’t highly represented in the European breeding programme for this species and as a result so is their offspring.
Longleat Safari Park has announced that crowd favourite Boulas the gorilla has died
The 27-year-old male Western lowland gorilla Boulas died yesterday. Early indications are that he died of respiratory failure related to an undiagnosed abscess in his throat.
A full post mortem is being carried out.
Longleat’s Director of Animal Operations, Jon Cracknell, said: “This is a tragic loss and a cause for great sadness across the entire safari park.
“Boulas’ keepers in particular have been devastated by the death of an individual they worked and lived with every day.”
Boulas had undergone a standard veterinary procedure to treat a suspected dental abscess. Following recovery he suffered severe respiratory problems and despite the best efforts of the veterinary team, it was not possible to save him.
Boulas arrived at Longleat in 2012 from Twycross Zoo as part of a new state-of-the-art Gorilla Colony.
Cakes and presents have been the order of the day at Bristol Zoo.
Though they weren't for the keepers, but the gorillas, and in particular Kukeña the lowland gorilla who turned one today. Kukeña, who stands at just 45cm tall, was treated to presents filled with his favourite foods.
Kukena the tiny lowland gorilla has been celebrating his first birthday. He was quite happy to venture a few feet away from his mother to explore presents put out by the keepers containing his favourite foods:
Keepers at Bristol Zoo are celebrating the first birthday of their baby gorilla Kukena. The tiny lowland gorilla who stands at just 45 centimetres tall has been treated to presents filled with his favourite foods.
Work is due to get underway to transform and expand the gorilla enclosure at Bristol Zoo. It will include new dens, better climbing ropes and even an indoor pool. It will also have a glass entrance lobby so visitors can see what's going on more easily.
It's not long before all youngsters like to make their mark in the world and this one is just about taking his first steps.
Tanya Mercer brings us this report on Kukeña, the seven months' old baby gorilla, who's ever so tentatively starting to explore the world around him at Bristol Zoo.
Photographers are facing quite a wait to get their first glimpse of seven month old Kukeña learning to walk. Our reporter has already spent more than 90 minutes at Bristol Zoo. The young gorilla has not left his mother's arms so far and has now moved out of sight!