Busch Gardens Tampa has a new family member to add to their already amazing line-up of animals. They welcomed the birth of a male endangered western lowland gorilla on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 11:35 a.m.
The new baby gorilla is being care for by his first time mother Pele, with the Busch Gardens animal care team watching closely.
This is the second gorilla birth at Busch Gardens Tampa and brings to six the number of gorillas in the park’s Myombe Reserve habitat, which opened up at the park back in 1992. Pele came to Busch Gardens Tampa back in 2010 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.
Since 2004, Busch Gardens has supported the study of western lowland gorillas being conducted in the remote region of the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in Africa’s northern Congo through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.