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 has announced the name of its brand-new baby gorilla: Amani.
As part of a contest hosted by the zoo in which participants could cast a vote for every dollar they donated, the name — which means “peace” in Swahili — beat contenders Isangi, Mapendo, and Muyisa by a landslide. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »