Dublin Zoo

Joanne O’Sullivan writes:

Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the arrival of a baby western lowland gorilla. Proud mum, Lena, gave birth to a healthy, baby gorilla in the early hours of Saturday morning (July 16). The new-born weighs approximately 1.8kgs and so far keepers have been unable to determine the gender because Lena is keeping the baby close to her chest.


Dublin Zoo

Pics by Patrick Bolger for Dublin Zoo

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21 thoughts on “Let It Go

  1. Disasta

    Born into captivity, poor thing.
    Suppose captive breeding is necessary for the species now it it?

    1. dav

      yes it is. – http://www.dublinzoo.ie/102/Conservation-amp-Zoos.aspx
      “Dublin Zoo actively participates with international breeding programmes. Some of these breeding programmes operate at an international level while others work on a regional level.

      As part of Dublin Zoo’s membership of EAZA, Dublin Zoo has 28 species involved in EEPs (European Zoo Breeding Programmes) and a further 11 included in ESBs (European studbooks). By running these EEPs and ESBs, EAZA can monitor the demographics and genetics of animal populations in over 270 member zoos. The success of many of these programmes has meant that most animals in zoos were born in zoos and some of these zoo-bred animals have been part of reintroduction programmes into the wild e.g. golden lion tamarind and scimitar-horned oryx. These zoo populations have also yielded a lot of valuable information on diet, reproduction and behaviour through zoo-based research.”

      are we educated yet?

        1. De Kloot

          You’re perfectly correct. Zoos are dreadful places. It’s been argues that most animals in zoos Zoos do nothing to promote respect or appreciation for animals. In fact, they do quite the opposite. Trips to zoos leave children, and adults, with a distorted view of animals and how they should be treated. Remember those poor polar bears? There were two of them and their 17 years captive in Dublin Zoo left them with deep mental scars. I’ll never forget my aha moment… this poor creature just sitting there rocking back and forward…. They had to be relocated. It was disturbing. Animals bred in captivityals provide little or no “valuable information on diet, reproduction and behaviour”… How could they…?

          Also, do we think those fancy enclosures are for the animals benefit? Naw, they’re for humans…. To make us think they’re all grand…. A big cat in capticity has 18000 times less space than in the wild… a Polar Bear estimated 500000…. that’s five hundred thousand….

          Unfortunately this does not fit into the narrow minded narrative for those who think a day out to the zoo is a great place for them and their kids….

          I have no idea what fate will befall this baby gorilla…. Unfortunately, he/she exists for one thing…. to pull in the loot just in time for the summer holidays…. He/she will eventually be traded or in many cases (the dirty secret) ‘disposed’ of. There are thousands of surplus animals in European zoos every year….

          Anyone want to have a guess where they end up?

          Zoos are an appalling blight on our humanity.

          1. Yep

            Maybe you weren’t being snide. You were though. Speaking down to people is for blushirts brah.

    2. Sheik Yahbouti

      Ah lads, all new mummies deserve our care and kindness. I wish Lena and her little sprog well.

  2. Mr. Camomile T


    How about you allow the baby to determine its own gender in its own time you binary pigs!

      1. Anomanomanom

        Thats not a real thing, most certainly not in the animal world. Strange how we are the only living things to have such a problem.

  3. Mulder

    Hold the front page, breaking news, baby gorilla born in Dublin zoo.
    Yeah, never even knew they had a zoo.

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