New gorilla at Audubon Zoo may stay indoors for a little bit

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Posted: Oct 11, 2017 3:27 PM
New gorilla at Audubon Zoo may stay indoors for a little bit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' Audubon Zoo has a new gorilla, but she may be spending more time indoors than on view for a while.

The western lowland gorilla's name is Tumani, Swahili for "Hope" — and zookeepers hope she and the zoo's current female, Praline (PRAH-leen), attract a male expected later.

Zoo spokesman Frank Donze (DON-zee) says first, they have to make friends with each other, then with a third female. Then a male can join them.

Tumani's came from Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Donze says each newcomer starts indoors, able to see the others, but not touch them.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature says a few hundred-thousand western lowland gorillas may exist in the wild, but they're critically endangered because poaching, disease and habitat loss have reduced their numbers more than 80 percent over three generations.