Meet Jamani: The Adorable New Baby Gorilla Born at the Columbus Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is welcoming a new gorilla to the family — baby Jamani.

Jamani, whose name means “friend” in Swahili, was born Wednesday, April 15 to mother Cassie and Ktembe — a first-time father. She marks the 33rd gorilla to be born at the Ohio zoo, according to a Thursday release.

The new animal, a western lowland gorilla, is part of Ktembe’s troop — one of three troops of gorillas at the zoo, each led by a different male. The zoo reports that Cassie is providing excellent care to Jamani and the pair will remain “behind the scenes” with their troop for several months so they can bond.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the troop is responding to the birth of Jamani,” Audra Meinelt, curator of the Columbus Zoo’s Congo Expedition region, said in the release.

“We are extremely proud of the Columbus Zoo’s successful contributions over the years to the knowledge and understanding of these incredible gorillas, as well as our continued commitment to gorilla conservation,” the zoo’s president and CEO, Tom Stalf, said in the release. “Each birth is extremely special and is important to celebrate as it offers hope for their future.”

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