This fall the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will ship its five gorillas away. The decision was made after a recommendation from the members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan.
Here’s the problem—wild gorillas exist in groups that include one male, two or three females and their offspring. Two baby male gorillas were born at the North Carolina Zoo this fall, Apollo and Bomassa, and all was well.
But then the father, Nkosi, died in November, which left no adult male role model for the two young gorillas.