Western lowland gorilla holds her newborn baby

Western lowland gorilla Imbi was seen holding her baby at the zoo in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on September 24. The baby gorilla, born on September 3, is the fifth gorilla born at the zoo.

Western lowland gorillas inhabit both swamp and lowland forests with solid earth throughout Western Equatorial Africa, occupying various forest types. They occur at high density in vast swamps in the northern part of the Republic of the Congo. 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, the western lowland gorilla is critically endangered. Poaching, infectious diseases, habitat degradation and destruction and climate change are major threats to the species. The gorilla's numbers have declined by more than 60 percent over the last 20 to 25 years

(Images via VCG)

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