And Frank makes Five...

Frank and Ndjia, G.g. gorilla, San Diego Zoo
(photo by Ken Bohn, © San Diego Zoo)

A western lowland gorilla born Sept. 4, 2008 at the San Diego Zoo holds onto the back of 14-year-old Ndjia in the Gorilla Tropics exhibit Friday. Friday marked his first time on exhibit with his family. The young gorilla, named Frank, is the fifth member of the Zoo's gorilla troop lead by a silverback named Paul Donn. The other members of the troop are Frank's mother, 12-year-old Azizi and a 13-year-old female, Imani. Gorillas are peaceful, family-oriented animals and all of the members of the troop take responsibility for caring and raising Frank.

Frank weighs more than 13 pounds, but zoo keepers expect that he'll grow to be more than 400 pounds. His father, Paul Donn, weighs 450 pounds. Gorillas usually grow to their full size by the time they are 15 years old. They are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and 2009 was declared the Year of the Gorilla by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, United Nations Environmental Programme and other organizations working toward conserving the gorilla population. The San Diego Zoo is home to 13 western lowland gorillas.

March 6, 2009

Gorilla baby joins family on exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.

Frank and Ndjia, G.g. gorilla, San Diego Zoo
(photo by Ken Bohn, © San Diego Zoo)

A western lowland gorilla born Sept. 4, 2008 at the San Diego Zoo holds onto the back of 14-year-old Ndjia in the Gorilla Tropics exhibit Friday. Friday marked his first time on exhibit with his family. The young gorilla, named Frank, is the fifth member of the Zoo's gorilla troop lead by a silverback named Paul Donn. The other members of the troop are Frank's mother, 12-year-old Azizi and a 13-year-old female, Imani. Gorillas are peaceful, family-oriented animals and all of the members of the troop take responsibility for caring and raising Frank.

Frank weighs more than 13 pounds, but zoo keepers expect that he'll grow to be more than 400 pounds. His father, Paul Donn, weighs 450 pounds. Gorillas usually grow to their full size by the time they are 15 years old. They are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and 2009 was declared the Year of the Gorilla by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, United Nations Environmental Programme and other organizations working toward conserving the gorilla population. The San Diego Zoo is home to 13 western lowland gorillas.