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Baby gorilla turns four

Baby gorilla turns four Credit: Bristol Zoo

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.

Kukena is a lovely cheeky young male. He is full of character and enjoys playing with all members of our group, including the other females we have.

Increasingly over the last year we have also seen him spending more and more time with ‘the boys’ – Jock and Kukena’s older brother Komale, who turns nine years old at the end of the year.

He still shares a nest with mum Salome but he is becoming increasingly independent.

– Lynsey Bugg, assistant curator of mammals at Bristol Zoo
Bristol Zoo’s baby gorilla Kukena Credit: Bristol Zoo
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