Cincinnati Zoo has new silverback at Gorilla World habitat

A new silverback gorilla is now at the Gorilla World habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Mshindi, a 29-year-old western lowland silverback gorilla, came from the Louisville Zoo. He is the first male gorilla to join the zoo since Harambe, who was killed two summers ago.

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“Mshindi has settled in nicely,” Ron Evans, Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of primates said, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported. “When working with highly intelligent animals like the great apes, it's imperative for keepers from both zoos involved in a transfer to collaborate and exchange detailed information to ensure a smooth transition."


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For now, Mshindi is alone in the outdoor exhibit, but female gorillas Chewie and Mara will join him soon, WCPO reported.

Harambe was killed one day after his 17th birthday when a 3-year-old boy went into the Gorilla World moat. Harambe grabbed the boy’s leg and dragged him. Zoo officials at the time said shooting the gorilla was the safest option to save the boy.

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