March Brings Birthdays for Two Special Gorillas
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Kekla was the first gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta; Andi was the 20th
He was the first gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta, an inaugural special delivery when The Ford African Rain Forest was new. She was the 20th gorilla born at the Zoo, a treasured new arrival in the exhibit’s 25th anniversary year. Both are symbolic of the legacy of the award-winning gorilla program at Zoo Atlanta. Andi turns 1 on March 14, 2014, and Kekla turns 25 on March 15, 2014.
Kekla is the son of Zoo patriarch Ozzie, who is now the oldest living male gorilla in the world, and Paki, now deceased. Kekla and his half-brothers Stadi and Charlie share a bachelor habitat, where birthday surprises are set to arrive on Saturday, March 15 at 2:15 p.m.
Andi is the daughter of Lulu, the youngest offspring of the legendary late Willie B. She is the second-youngest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta; the youngest, Anaka, was born to another of Willie B.’s daughters, Sukari, in August 2013.
Zoo Atlanta is home to North America’s largest collection of western lowland gorillas and is a national center of excellence for the care and study of this critically endangered species. Zoo Atlanta staff is responsible for more than 120 published research papers on the care and behavior of gorillas, and in 2011, the Zoo received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Edward H. Bean Award for Scientific Achievement for its long-term commitment to the apes.