Newborn Baby Gorilla in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park

March 12, 2018

The WCS-Congo team captured this incredible video of a western lowland gorilla newborn in the rainforests of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. The infant was barely a week old when the footage was shot.

It’s an offspring of Kingo—a male silverback gorilla well-known to WCS researchers—and a female named Mekome. Both Kingo and Mekome have been observed by WCS conservationists for decades as part of our ongoing work in and around this park.

Long-term monitoring efforts that enable researchers to follow individual gorillas and their offspring over time are central to our continuing commitment to strong science and conservation.

“We’re very excited to be witness to the emergence of the next generation of Kingo’s growing clan,” said Mark Gately, Director of WCS’s Republic of Congo Program. “A baby gorilla represents hope for the entire species.”

For more infomation on the baby, and on Kingo's gorilla group, please visit the WCS Congo blog.

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