Dublin Zoo announce the name of their newest baby Gorilla

by Dublin Gazette
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The name of a beautiful baby Gorilla who was born at Dublin Zoo in April has been announced, ahead of the airing of her birth on RTE this Sunday.

The baby gorilla was named Asali, which means honey in Swahili. Her name was chosen from thousands of entries from a nationwide competition following her birth on April 1. The winning name was picked by Ina Walsh.

Asali is one of five western lowland gorillas at Dublin Zoo, including Bangui, the dominant male and Asali’s dad, as well as Asali’s mother Kafi, Kambiri and Vana.

Team leader Helen Clarke Bennett said: “Asali has had quite the few weeks! She is bright, alert and extremely adventurous.

“She has come on leaps and bounds over the past few weeks and has even developed a special bond with Kambiri another young female in troop.

“The two spend their days playing together and Asali is learning many important life skills from this friendship. We are looking forward to watching Asali’s development and can’t wait to watch her grow into adulthood.”

Asali’s birth will be aired this Sunday on RTE One’s The Zoo at 6:30pm.

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