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First gorilla in 11 years born at Safari Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The first birth of a gorilla at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in nearly 11 years was announced Monday.

Kokamo, a 22-year-old that came to the park from Oklahoma, had her baby on Friday night. The birth is important because the western gorilla species is critically endangered, according to zoo officials.

Winston, the male silverback father, has been seen shooing other females away from the baby, whose sex and weight have not yet been determined, according to park officials. Both mother and baby appear to be doing well, however.

A newborn gorilla can walk on its own by six months, and by 18 months can follow its mother on foot for short distances. Gorillas have been known to nurse for up to three years.

The last birth of a gorilla at the Safari Park was in October 2000.

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