Baby gorilla born at NC Zoo named ‘Bomassa’


A healthy male gorilla was born at the North Carolina Zoo Saturday at about 8 a.m. to 12-year-old “Jamani.” (WTVD)

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Baby gorilla ‘Bomassa’ born at the NC Zoo on Saturday, Aug. 4 (NC Zoo)

ASHEBORO, N.C. — A 12-year-old gorilla at the North Carolina Zoo is a new mother.

The state-owned zoo near Asheboro said the male baby born Saturday is healthy, strong and active.

On Monday, zoo officials named the gorilla ‘Bomassa,’ after a town of the same name in the northern Republic of Congo.

Its mother is named Jamani and came to North Carolina from the San Diego Zoo in January 2010.

It’s just the second such birth in the zoo’s history. Its first baby gorilla, Kwanza, was born in March 1989 and transferred to Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo nine years later.

Another female gorilla is also pregnant. Sixteen-year-old Olympia is expected to give birth in November.

Zoo officials said there have been just four births out of eight pregnancies recorded during 2011 and 2012 at the 52 zoos accredited by the U.S.-based Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

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