On the afternoon of Tuesday 19th May, a gorilla was born at Basel Zoo. Mother Joas (26) and the little one are in good health, although we do not yet know if the baby is a boy or a girl. Father M'Tongé first came to Basel Zoo in the late summer of 2014. This is the first baby gorilla to be born at Basel Zoo in ten years.
Sakis, storks, zebras, goats and many other animals at Basel Zoo currently have babies. However, the popular opinion that young animals are always born in the spring is incorrect: the time of the birth generally depends on the availability of food in the wild, with other unexpected factors also having an impact in zoos.
On 1 April, a giraffe was born at Basel Zoo. The little one had already been born when the animal keepers began their work early in the morning. Mother Sophie (4) and her son Majengo are doing well - the mother is very calm and the baby is drinking regularly.