September 10, 2012, Colorado Springs, CO- The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) welcomed a baby gorilla to the troop on August 14th. Zoo keepers are thrilled to announce that it is a boy!

“Now that we know the new gorilla troop member is a boy, we are excited to name him,” stated Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Animal Care Manager, Dina Bredahl. “It’s CMZ tradition to name babies after they are 30 days old, and we are looking for the communities help to find the perfect name for our newest gorilla troop member!”

Those interested in helping name the baby gorilla can submit entries in person at Primate World or online at now through September 20th. In order to be considered, all name submissions should be respectful and meaningful. A brief description of why the name was chosen is also preferred. The top three names will be announced on September 21st and voting will begin in the CMZ primate building starting September 22th through October 5th. The winner of the naming contest will be given a one year family membership to the zoo! First, second and third place entries will be given a special tour of Primate World highlighting the gorillas.

At the time of his birth he was only the fifth successful gorilla birth in an AZA accredited zoo since 2011. Born to mother Asha, and father Rafiki, his birth is a great success for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as western lowland gorillas are classified as critically endangered. The littlest member of the troop is impressing both zoo keepers and guests as he is already riding on his mothers back-- a behavior not typically seen at only a few weeks of age.

Come visit the gorillas and help the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo name the seventh member of the gorilla troop!

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope to help guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 224 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues, and donations for funding.

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