Every chance Zahra gets to explore her surroundings, she takes!
Although our 3-month-old western lowland gorilla infant still spends all her time under the care of her mother, Calaya, Zahra is getting more and more curious about what’s going on around her. Over the last few weeks, Calaya has started to allow her baby to hang out in the hay right in front of her without holding onto her. Calaya is still quick to scoop Zahra up whenever she needs to. And if another gorilla or keeper comes nearby, her mom instincts immediately kick in and she makes sure to pick Zahra up or at least have a hand protecting her.
Caring for Zahra is extra special for me because this is my first time working with a newborn animal. Every day is different, and it is amazing to see how much Zahra has developed over the last three months. I have loved being here for all of the milestones she has already reached, like trying to hold herself up and growing in her first few teeth. It is very exciting to work with a baby gorilla!