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Zoo Atlanta's Sukari gives birth to female lowland gorilla

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It's a girl! Zoo Atlanta's Sukari -- a 15-year-old western lowland gorilla -- delivered a baby girl Friday.  A grandchild of the legendary late Willie B., this newborn counts as the 20th gorilla born in The Ford African Rain Forest since 1988.

She's also the second gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta this year.
 
"We're thrilled about Sukari's new addition, not only because this is a critically endangered species, but also because western lowland gorillas are a very special part of our history and our collection," said Raymond B. King, President and CEO.

"Willie B. was the face of the Zoo for two generations of Atlantans, and his legacy is very much in evidence today – particularly with the arrival of his newest grandchild."
 
As the infant grows, there will be a ready playmate who is very close to her age. Sukari's half-sister, Lulu, gave birth to her own infant, Andi, in March 2013. The youngsters are Willie B.'s fifth and sixth surviving grandchildren.
 
The newborn is the second offspring for Sukari and 24-year-old silverback Taz. Sukari's firstborn, 6-year-old Gunther, now lives in a bachelor group with young males Kali, 7, and Mbeli, 11.

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