ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta is celebrating the birth of a baby western lowland gorilla.
The zoo said that Kudzoo, a 22-year-old gorilla, gave birth to a female Sunday afternoon.
The newborn is the third offspring of Kudzoo and 27-year-old Taz, a silverback. The infant is the granddaughter of the late Willie B., Kudzoo's famous father.
“We’re delighted to welcome a new member to the gorilla families of The Ford African Rain Forest. This birth is more than another milestone in the continuing legacy of the gorilla program at Zoo Atlanta,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Kudzoo’s baby is the newest ambassador for a species that ranks among our planet’s most endangered wildlife.”
According to Zoo Atlanta, the western lowland gorilla is classified as critically endangered.
Visitors to the zoo should be on the lookout for the new arrival in their habitat in the Ford African Rain Forest, officials said.