There’s always something fun going on in the Calgary Zoo’s gorilla exhibit. Smart, gentle and peaceful, the gorillas form part of a close-knit family, called a troop. Kakinga, a giant male silverback gorilla, leads the troop gently, but firmly and the youngsters’ boundless energy always guarantees a show as they play, swing, climb and forage for food. 2016 is an exciting year for the gorilla troop, as Kioja, gave birth to her first baby on March 9, 2016.
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Did you know gorilla babies are born totally dependent on their mothers. Weighing only about two kilograms (four pounds), they cling to mom’s fur until they’re about four months old, when they start to ride on her back.Terms and Conditions