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Precious primates! Two gorillas born at the Bronx Zoo

April 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM ET

WCS Bronx Zoo Welcomes Two Newborn Gorillas to Troop

The Bronx Zoo's summer season is already off to an exciting start.

Two western lowland gorillas were born at the zoo in the past six weeks, adding to the largest group of the endangered species in North America.

Gorillas snuggle with mom
Julie Larsen Maher / © Wildlife Conservation Society
A baby gorilla naps in its mother's arms.

On March 10, 33-year-old Julia gave birth to a gorilla, and on April 17, 19-year-old Tuti also had a baby, according to a press release from the zoo. Ernie, 31, is the lucky dad to both babies and is also a first-time father.

The two newborns, whose genders are not yet known, are with their parents and the rest of the gorilla tribe in the zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit. 

A gorilla cradles its baby.
Julie Larsen Maher / © Wildlife Conservation Society
A gorilla cradles its baby.

Western lowland gorillas are classified as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which is something the the Bronx Zoo has been aiming to remedy. "The Bronx Zoo has a successful history breeding gorillas as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos," the zoo said in its statement. 

A baby gorilla spots the camera while resting in its mother's arms.
Julie Larsen Maher / © Wildlife Conservation Society
A baby gorilla spots the camera while resting in its mother's arms.

With the two new additions, the Bronx Zoo is now home to 20 gorillas, the largest group of gorillas in North America. 

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