Sedgwick County Zoo's Baby Gorilla Makes Public Debut

Aug 18, 2016

The Sedgwick County Zoo's newborn gorilla made her public debut this week.

Barika and her baby.
Credit Courtesy Sedgwick County Zoo

The unnamed 2-week-old female and her mother, Barika, were in the Downing Gorilla Forest dayroom for the first time Wednesday, the zoo announced. The baby is the first gorilla born at the zoo, and the first for parents Barika, 15, and Matt, 23.

Other family members met the baby for the first time.

"Matt continues to be attentive and protective, while Kigali is curious and Kivu is intrigued by the new little one," the zoo wrote in a press release.

The baby was born on Aug. 3. She and her mother have been kept separate from the rest of the group since then; the zoo says the living situation of the gorillas is still under evaluation, but that it will be some time before the outdoor space is “baby proofed” or the baby is ready to explore the area.