Baby gorilla attracts crowd at zoo

Posted at 8:12 AM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 12:29:06-05

The gorilla family at the Buffalo Zoo is now six gorillas strong. The baby gorilla is the first this new year, born on January 10th.

The baby's mother is Sydney who's 18-years-old and the father is 28-year-old Koga.

As for the baby it has no name yet because its gender is still unknown.

"Mom holds that baby really closely," said zookeeper Jamie Kranz. "The only way to be 100 percent sure is to do a physical exam and we don't want to take the baby away from mom, so we'll find out the gender probably in a couple of months."

Sydney isn't a first-time mother. She has a 5 year old daughter which is named Amari.

"She was a great mom the first time around," said Kranz.

A gorilla's gestation period is about the same of a human's but the nursing period isn't. Gorillas can nurse up to three to four years.

The zoo will regularly feed the gorillas around noon and 2 o'clock and recommend visiting around those times if you'd like a glimpse of the baby.

The zoo is also gearing up at this time for the "Arctic White Out." Funds raised from the all white attire will help feed the animals through the lower-attended winter months. Get tickets and find more information here.