Gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta

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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Zoo welcomed a newborn gorilla late Thursday night.

Lulu, a western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her first surviving offspring, and this is the seventh for the father, Taz.

The zoo said as long as Lulu continues to exhibit appropriate care, mother and baby may be seen in the outdoor habitat as early as Saturday.

Lulu is the youngest of Willie B’s five offspring, making the newborn his grandchild.

“We celebrate the beginning of any new life, but it’s especially meaningful to welcome another member of what is now the third generation of Willie B.’s family,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Willie B. is symbolic of the rebirth of Zoo Atlanta, and he became an icon in his lifetime. We want to see his children and grandchildren continue to serve as ambassadors for a species that many people in Atlanta might never have been moved to protect, had they not grown up with this family.”

So far, 19 gorillas have been born at Zoo Atlanta. Lulu’s half-sister, Sukari, is due in August.

The Atlanta Zoo is home to the largest gorilla collection in North America.