The Howletts Zoo Park, private zoo near Canterbury in the British country of Kent, has achieved outstanding success in the breeding of Lowland Gorillas.
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Background: The Howletts Zoo Park, private zoo near Canterbury in the British country of Kent, has achieved outstanding success in the breeding of Lowland Gorillas.
The zoo's gorilla colony now numbers 15, the second largest gorilla family in captivity anywhere in the world.
Howlett's triumph came with one of their more recent additions, a bonny 20-pound (9 Kilograms) baby female named Kimba. Kimba was born last April but her mother, Shamba, showed no interest in her daughter.
Rather than call in the welfare authorities, the zoo's owner, John Aspinall, gave the baby ape to his head keeper to raise.
Five months later, both baby and foster father are doing well. Kimba was fully accepted by the rest of the gorillas on Monday (20 October) and the head keeper has become a world expert at changing giant-sized nappies.
Kimba was the zoo's second birth. Their first was also in April this year, a boy (Kijo) to Mr. Gugis and his wife (nee Juju). The latest birth came just two weeks ago, a bouncing five pound bundle of furry female, Koundo born to the Kisoros.
The star performer of the colony is Kisoro. He's not a spectacular looker, even by ape standards, but the adult male must have a way with words because he's fathered no fewer than four babies in the past six months.
One of the offspring died, but all the others are healthy and showing signs of following in dad's footpads ... that's to say they all should be good breeders.
Mr. Aspinall looks upon Kisoro with affection, as, it seems, does everyone else. "We are elated with him. He's an outstanding breeding male. "I guess he must be over-sexed or something," said the owner with the love of understatement. "What's more there's a good chance that we could have two more baby gorillas by next year which will make us the most flourishing gorilla colony just about anywhere in the world," he added.
The only foreseeable problem is that Kisoro is on an indefinite loan from the Lincoln Park Zoo of Chicago. Informed sources say that the female gorillas there have already put out a contract on him and want him returned.