Philadelphia Zoo Announces Successful Emergency Gorilla Birth

After 24 painstaking hours, Kira was still in labor at the Philadelphia Zoo. Staff had noticed that the 17-pound Western lowland gorilla was in the beginning stages of the birthing process on June 1, but her baby still had not come. With the first-time mother showing signs of fatigue, a team of veterinarians and medical doctors was brought in to assist in the emergency birth.

Using tools and procedures similar to those applied to standard human births, the doctors were able to successfully deliver Kira’s first-born on June 2 after about an hour and a half, the zoo announced on Tuesday. The baby was healthy and weighed 5 pounds at birth. Officials say it was the first assisted vaginal delivery for a gorilla that the zoo is aware of since 2000. Read more »

The Philadelphia Zoo Says You Can’t Name Its New Gorilla Harambe

Baby gorilla at Philadelphia Zoo

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Zoo

When the Philadelphia Zoo debuted its new baby Gorilla in late August, it enlisted the help of social media to pick her name.

The people spoke. Harambe, they said. Or Harambe II. Or Harambaby. Or Harambae.

But alas, the Philadelphia Zoo has made it clear that it’s not naming its baby (which is a girl) after the 17-year-old male gorilla that was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo in May when a toddler snuck into its pen. Read more »

Philadelphia Zoo Debuts New Baby Gorilla

Baby gorilla at Philadelphia Zoo

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Zoo

Aww! The Philadelphia Zoo today unveiled its new baby gorilla to the public. If you can believe it, this baby animal is pretty cute.

The new gorilla was born on August 26th to Honi, the zoo’s 21-year-old female, and 31-year old Motuba. It will be given a name with the help of zoo visitors and followers of the Philadelphia Zoo on social media. May I suggest Harambe II? Harambe was killed on May 28th. There is no evidence to the contrary that this gorilla is not the reincarnation of Harambe, the popular meme and Wildwood boardwalk t-shirt. I dunno, just a thought.

The zoo reports the baby gorilla and its mother are doing well. “We are very excited to welcome Honi’s new baby,” Zoo COO Dr. Andy Baker said in a release. “The Zoo works with the Species Survival Plan breeding program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, whose goal is to manage populations of threatened, endangered and other species across AZA zoos, to maintain long-term genetic and demographic viability. This birth is an opportunity to engage our visitors in caring about the future of gorillas in the wild.” Read more »

Where All The Animals Are: Find Out With New Philly Zoo App

The interface of new Philadelphia Zoo app, Zoo360insider.

The interface of the new Philadelphia Zoo app, Zoo360insider. Photo by Brian Thomas.

In addition to having a beer at the Philadelphia Zoo, visitors can now track the whereabouts of their favorite aardvark, lynx, or spider monkey. So instead of standing at a trail wondering where all the animals are, the newly released app can help users manage their zoo time according to visitor-logged animal sightings.

The app, Zoo360insider, uses a heat map to trace animals along the zoo’s five Zoo360 trails, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports. When a user spots an animal and logs the sighting into the app, a pin drops at the location, and as time goes on, the size and color intensity of the pin will decrease. The larger and more vibrant an animal’s pin, the more likely that animal will still be at the pinned location. Read more »

From the Dept. of Terrible Ideas: Alcohol at the Philadelphia Zoo

Photo Illustration: Alyse Moyer | Photos: iStockPhoto

Photo Illustration: Alyse Moyer | Photos: iStockPhoto

It seems that everywhere you go in Philly these days, a beer garden or other alcohol-serving “pop-up” is oh-so-conveniently nearby. You can have a drink on the 51st floor of a skyscraper, atop the roof of former public school, and at an ever-growing number of other spots around town. In general, this is a good thing, considering the draconian nature of the state’s liquor laws not long ago, but that doesn’t mean that we need to be serving drinks everywhere, and one place that should be alcohol-free is the Philadelphia Zoo. Read more »

The Philadelphia Zoo Is Opening a Beer Garden

Philadelphia Zoo beer garden - The Watering Hole

A plan for the Philadelphia Zoo’s new beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will open in late June or early July. (Courtesy Philadelphia Zoo)

You can now drink at the zoo.

The Philadelphia Zoo began selling alcohol at two stands, Tiger Terrace and Eagle’s Roost, on Memorial Day weekend. But that’s not all: The zoo is planning a late-June or early-July launch for a beer garden, The Watering Hole, which will be adjacent to Eagle’s Roost.

Amy Shearer, the zoo’s Chief Marketing Officer, says the reversal of a longstanding policy came after talking with visitors and Philadelphia Zoo members over the past year. “We talked to our guests and members all throughout the year in many platforms,” she tells Philadelphia magazine. “Through all of these conversations, one thing that our guests had been largely vocal about is that, ‘Hey, the zoo is so great for all ages and families as well but there’s some things that we adults want, too.’”

Outside alcohol remains banned at the park, but beer and wine will not be confined to the sections where they are sold. Guests will be free to roam the park drinking the glass of beer or wine they’ve purchased from one of the zoo’s stands. Alcohol sales are being handled by its food vendor, Aramark, which has a liquor license for the zoo property. Read more »

After Cincinnati Gorilla Killing, Philly Zoo Vows to Review Protocol

Eula Ray, of Hamilton, whose son is a curator for the zoo, touches a sympathy card beside a gorilla statue outside the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Cincinnati. On Saturday, a special zoo response team shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat. Authorities said the boy is expected to recover. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Eula Ray, whose son is a curator for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botnical Garden, touches a sympathy card beside a gorilla statue outside the Gorilla World exhibit. | Photo by John Minchillo/AP

The Philadelphia Zoo will hold a meeting to review safety procedures following the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden this past weekend, Andy Baker, the zoo’s chief operating officer, told the Metro. Read more »

WATCH: Philadelphia Zoo Unveils Baby Lemurs

Four baby black-and-white ruffed lemurs went on display this week at the Philadelphia Zoo’s PECO Primate Reserve. Together with their parents, Huey and Kiaka, the lemur family sits just inside the entrance to the primate house. The babies were born on February 21st, so they’re a little more than two months old.

Everything is going well with the lemurs’ introduction to their new habitat, according to Philadelphia Zoo lead primate keeper Desiree Brown. They haven’t been startled by all the visitors, and the they’re eagerly exploring their enclosure.

“They are actually learning to jump as far as they can,” Brown says. “We kind of kept them in another place that was a little less high, a little less exciting. You’ll notice they’re starting to fly from branch to branch and they’re adjusting great. And the public has not been a problem. We were a little concerned about that and they are doing wonderful. And they’re enjoying watching all the kids and the visitors.” Read more »

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