Baby Gorilla Born At OKC Zoo Gets New Home


Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 4:12 pm
By: News 9


A baby gorilla born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden in August will be moving to Cincinnati.

Kamina, a female Western lowland gorilla, was born on August 16th but was removed from her mother's care after zoo officials decided she was unable to care for the newborn.

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The OKC Zoo animal care team worked with the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, to determine the best plan for Kamina. They decided to move Kamina to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ohio to be introduced to a surrogate gorilla mother and eventually a gorilla family. The Cincinnati Zoo has a stable family group with the potential of Kamina being raised with other young gorillas.

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Kamina was named in honor of her father Togo (pronounced Toe-go). Kamina is a town in the country of Togo, Africa. Her mother Ndjole (pronounced In-jolee) and father can be seen daily in the Zoo's Great EscApe.