Baby gorilla born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

November 21, 2011 - 3:35 PM
Baby Gorilla

In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2011, provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo, Western Lowland Gorilla mother Bana hold her new her baby which was born on Nov. 16, 2011. The baby which has yet to be named joins a troop of seven Western Lowland Gorillas at the zoo. The newborn girl is the first of this critically endangered species to be born at the zoo since 2005. (AP Photo/ Lincoln Park Zoo, Todd Rosenberg)

CHICAGO (AP) — An endangered gorilla baby was born at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Zoo officials said Monday that the baby girl was born Thursday and will be introduced to the public on Tuesday. She is the first Western lowland gorilla born at the zoo since 2005. The baby gorilla doesn't have a name yet. Her mother is 15-year-old Bana, who gave birth for the first time. Her father is Kwan, a 22-year-old silverback gorilla.

The zoo said in release that the father has "stayed protectively close to mother and baby."

The baby is the 49th gorilla born at Lincoln Park Zoo.