Friday, March 1 2013 11:50 AM EST2013-03-01 16:50:31 GMT
Our new baby gorilla has a name.The 4-week-old little one is now named Gladys Stones.According to a post on the zoo's Facebook page, the zoo's primate keepers thought this was the perfect way to honorMore >>
The Cincinnati zoo's new baby gorilla has a name. Find out what it is and the story behind it inside this story.More >>
Wednesday, February 20 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-02-20 19:16:53 GMT
The newest addition to the Gladys Porter Zoo's Western lowland gorilla troop will soon join her new family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.The infant female was born on Tuesday, Jan. 29 toMore >>
The newest addition to the Gladys Porter Zoo's Western lowland gorilla troop will soon join her new family at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is turning humans into temporary gorilla moms.
Over the next several months, the Zoo will use human surrogates to mimic gorilla behavior with the ultimate goal to get a 4-week-old gorilla baby in the hands of a gorilla surrogate.
These human surrogates will feed the gorilla. They will hold the baby to their chest and eventually carry her on their back. They will climb on things and even knuckle-walk like a gorilla. They will wear all black scrubs during their shifts and cover themselves with a furry vest – handmade by a Cincinnati Zoo volunteer. They will also vocalize like a gorilla and a host of other skills that most people never even consider.
"This will certainly be a labor of love," said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. "We will have a surrogacy team, made up of 7-10 staff members, who will be hand-rearing the infant 24/7 until we can safely introduce her to a gorilla surrogate mom. This is such a huge responsibility and privilege and we are honored to be doing our part."
Using human surrogates as gorilla moms is a first for the second oldest Zoo in the nation. Cincinnati Zoo gorillas have been some of the most prolific gorillas in captivity, making the Zoo one of the top breeders of this endangered species in the world with 48 births to-date.
On Jan. 29, the Gladys Porter Zoo (GPZ) in Brownsville, Texas, welcomed a 4.7 pound, female gorilla, which is now almost 7 pounds. After the birth, mother, 14 -year-old "Kiazi," didn't respond well and rejected the infant. This behavior, which occasionally happens in first-time mothers, resulted in keepers from the Gladys Porter Zoo stepping in to hand-rear the infant until they had a plan in place. Unfortunately, all of the viable surrogates there already had young gorillas, so they began to look elsewhere. The Cincinnati Zoo was determined to be the best home for the baby.
The surrogacy team will be with the infant around the clock, working 8-hour shifts. These shifts involve a lot more than just cuddling the adorable new addition. Surrogacy involves understanding primate behavior, vocalizations and mothering instincts.
"Whatever a gorilla mom would do with her baby is what we have to do with this baby," said Ron Evans, Primate Team Leader at the Cincinnati Zoo.
All of this takes place behind the scenes, in the "baby suite" at Gorilla World. This suite has been upgraded to feature 2-inch mesh that will assist keepers when they (eventually) bottle feed and cameras for around-the-clock monitoring. In addition, the suite will be outfitted with a mattress for Zoo staff to sit on during their long shifts, especially overnights.
If everything goes as planned, visitors could see the baby outside as early as this Spring.
The Cincinnati Zoo is taking name suggestions for the baby gorilla. You can leave your suggestions on the Zoo's Facebook page or tweet them @CincinnatiZoo using #BabyGorilla.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:53 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:53:19 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:54:11 GMT
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.Robert Donald Holden, Jr, of Hephzibah, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 3500 blockMore >>
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:00:17 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:07:55 GMT
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening. "It hit me hard because this was like another family to me," saidMore >>
Praying and singing through their grief, dozens of people remembered the lives of Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones Thursday evening.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:53:59 GMT
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.The Aiken County Sheriff's Office received a call just after 7:30pm Thursday evening about a pedestrian beingMore >>
An Aiken County man is in the hospital after being hit by a car in an alleged domestic dispute.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:03:57 GMT
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defenseMore >>
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defense attorney who represented one of the GTMO prisoners. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:10 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:10:07 GMT
The images we're seeing in Oklahoma having a heavy impact on viewers around the country and here in the CSRA. Lindsay Findley says she was heartbroken when she found out about it. "It's just so sad toMore >>
Thirty disaster relief volunteers and vehicles have been sent to Oklahoma; three of them from the Palmetto region. And at any moment, volunteers with the Aiken chapter could be deployed.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:34:56 GMT
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it. The parking limit downtown has beenMore >>
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:40 GMT
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night. The vigil for Roosevelt Jones, Edna Jones and their son Russell JonesMore >>
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night.More >>