Newborn gorilla dies at Bristol Zoo

Eight-year-old Kala arrived at the zoo last year. Credit: Bristol Zoo

A newborn gorilla has died at Bristol Zoo.

Eight-year-old Kala, who arrived at the zoo last year, gave birth by emergency Caesarean last week.

The baby female had difficulties feeding and couldn't be saved, despite the best efforts of keepers and vets.

Staff say the loss is hugely sad and they are working to make sure the young mother recovers.

We intervened as much as we felt appropriate but this has to be balanced with the opportunity for the gorillas to exhibit their natural behaviours.

Rowena Killick, Bristol Zoo staff vet
Western Lowland Gorillas are endangered. Credit: Bristol Zoo

“This is an extremely sad time for everyone at the Zoo”, said Lynsey Bugg, curator of mammals at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Western Lowland Gorillas are a critically endangered species.

Bristol Zoo has been caring for gorillas since 1930.

The Zoo plays a significant role in the coordinated European Endangered Species Breeding Programme, runs a conservation programme in Equatorial Guinea in Africa, raises significant funds for gorilla conservation in the wild and has pioneered fertility treatment for gorillas.