06/06/2017

Bristol Zoo’s baby gorilla is named

Bristol Zoo Gardens’ baby gorilla has been named Ayana after an online vote.

Hundreds of people from all over the UK took part but Ayana was a clear winner.

Ayana, which means ‘pretty flower’ in Ethiopian, was one of three names put forward by keepers at the Zoo.

The others were Fleur which is French for flower and Undama means ‘beautiful flower’ in Swahili.

Each was inspired by the name Daisy in memory of the daughter of one of the keepers who was born exactly four years before the baby gorilla.

Bristol Zoo’s curator of mammals, Lynsey Bugg, said: “Sadly Daisy was stillborn and we thought this would be a lovely tribute to her.”

The little Western lowland gorilla was born in the early hours of Saturday, April 22nd to mum Touni and silverback gorilla dad, Jock. Touni has been at the Zoo since September 2015 after coming from La Vallée des Singes zoo in France, as a breeding partner for Jock.

The new baby takes the number of gorillas living at Bristol Zoo to eight. The refurbished and extended Gorilla House opened in 2013 and is able to accommodate up to 10 gorillas in a state-of-the-art enclosure with a reinforced glass ceiling, allowing visitors to see gorillas walking overhead. 

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