ATLANTA - The youngest gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has been given a name. The female
infant, born to Sukari on Aug. 30, has been named Anaka.
Anaka is the 21st gorilla born in the
"We're delighted to have a name to put with this special little face," said Raymond B. King,
Zoo Atlanta is home to the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas, which are now classified as critically endangered. Habitat loss and poaching have decimated wild populations by as much as 95 percent over the past two decades.
Zoo Atlanta is a national center of excellence for the care and study of gorillas, with more than 120 published research papers authored or co-authored by Zoo Atlanta staff. In 2011, Zoo Atlanta received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Edward H. Bean Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of its long-term commitment to the species.
Anaka, who is the second offspring for Sukari and 24-year-old silverback Taz, can be seen on exhibit with her family in
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