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Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

Kigali, whose name means "a big place," is a female western lowland gorilla born at the Zoo in 1994.

The western lowland gorilla is characterized as a quiet, peaceful, and non-aggressive animal. They never attack unless provoked. However, males do fight over acquisition and defense of females.

Meet the National Zoo's gorillas

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