The baby was born Oct. 8 to mother, Sidney, and father, Koga. Sidney, who was born at the Buffalo Zoo in 1997, and 23-year-old Koga, who arrived from the Memphis Zoo in 2007, are both first-time parents. Sidney continues to provide good care for the baby, while silverback, Koga, protectively watches over them and the rest of the troop. Sydney has not presented the baby close enough for her keepers to accurately determine gender, but both mother and baby are doing fine.
Since 1990, nine surviving gorilla babies have been born at the Buffalo Zoo. This is the first gorilla birth at the Buffalo Zoo since fellow troop member, Lily, was born in 2000. This birth also represents the second gorilla generation for the Buffalo Zoo.
Western lowland gorillas are found the lowland tropical forests of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola and Nigeria. They are critically endangered due to habitat destruction and the bushmeat trade.