If you haven’t had a chance to get to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this summer to see the zoo’s new baby gorilla born July 19, here’s your chance – and from the comfort of your own home.
The zoo’s gorilla troop will be featured in a weekly livestream starting Sept. 7. The livestream, dubbed “Baby Gorilla Cam,” will include an adult male (Mokolo), four adult females (Kebi Moyo, Fredrika, Nneka and Tusa) and two babies (Kayembe and a yet-to-be named female newborn) every Thursday in September from 10 a.m. to Noon.
The newest baby gorilla, born to Kebi Moyo and Mokolo, is only the second gorilla born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoom in its 141 years. The baby weighed approximately 4 pounds at birth. Kayembe was born in October 2021.
Viewers will have the opportunity to help name the newest female baby of the troop by voting via the Zoo’s Instagram account. Voting will open at 10 a.m. EST on Sept. 7 during the premiere episode and conclude on Sep. 12 at midnight EST. The name with the highest votes will be revealed during the second episode.
“We can’t wait for people from all around the world to get to know our dynamic gorilla troop and elevate the work that’s being done to save this critically endangered species,” said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. “In addition, this opportunity is a celebration of our newest member of the troop and we look forward to seeing what name viewers choose.”