LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 25 (UPI) — Louisville Zoo officials said one of the Kentucky animal park’s gorillas, Mia Mojo, is pregnant and due to give birth in 2010.
The Louisville Courier-Journal said the 20-year-old western lowland gorilla mated with a 22-year-old silverback named Mshindi, leaving the Louisville Zoo to make preparations for the site’s second gorilla birth.
Mia Mojo, who is expected to give birth in March, already has one offspring, Olympia, and has proven herself a good mother, zoo officials said.
Louisville Zoo director John Walczak said the upcoming birth of the western lowland gorilla’s second offspring is good for the endangered species.
“The western lowland gorilla is a critically endangered species, and the wild population has declined rapidly over the past decade,” Walczak said.
The Courier-Journal reported Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos currently house 353 western lowland gorillas, while nearly 100,000 more are estimated living in the wild worldwide.
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