Getting to grips with life in Dublin

Posted on May 25, 2011


Shortly after his birth Kituba clings to his mum Lena

Isn’t this such a great picture?! It was emailed over to me by my Irish friend BQ. It’s how I look when my head hits the pillow after a busy news day.

This is two month old Kituba, who has only just been named officially by Dublin Zoo. For the first two weeks after his birth, Kituba clung so tightly to his mother Lena that keepers were unsure what sex he was.

I’m so pleased to hear that this baby gorilla is progressing well, especially after the recent disaster at London Zoo where the infant gorilla died.

Kituba is one of the main languages spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa where the gorillas are found and it makes a fitting name for this little fella.

His name was chosen after the zoo ran a competition to find one based on his West African roots. Eleven-year-old Caoileann Carton from Knocklyon in Dublin provided the winning suggestion.

Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.