Category: Western Lowland Gorillas
Friday, May 17, 2019
Finyezi, born June 15, 2018, is nearing his first birthday – a year that has been complete with many milestones met!
Shortly after Fin’s birth in June 2018, it was observed that his mother, Njole, was not providing maternal care for him. Following this observation, his caretaker’s made the decision to hand raise him behind-the-scenes - a rewarding job that ‘took a village’.
Because gorillas are very social and complex animals, it was important for...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Gorilla Bouendje (Bo), 12, developed a limp in his left leg on December 13, 2017, that was later identified as a tibia fracture after imagery confirmed the break. His initial treatments were documented in this previous blog post . Fourteen months later, he is able to move around his habitat with ease including running and jumping. The image below shows the healing process in action:
Bo was behind-the-scenes for three months to allow him to heal in comfort. He was joined...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Finyezi (Fin), the five-month-old gorilla born at the OKC Zoo, is in good condition after a successful hernia repair operation on Wednesday, November 14, at the Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital. Fin is recovering in his habitat at Great EscApe but remains backstage, off public view.
A hernia is an opening or tear in the body wall that isn’t supposed to be there. Hernias can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired (usually due to trauma). The most common types of congenital hernias...
at Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
On Sunday, August 26, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s veterinary team collaborated with human medical specialists to conduct a robot-assisted surgery on Emily, the OKC Zoo’s 33-year-old Western lowland gorilla, to repair an umbilical hernia. This is the first known robotic surgery performed on a Western lowland gorilla in human care.
“Emily’s surgery was a success thanks to the team of specialists who gave their time and expertise to assist,” said...
at Monday, September 24, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
UPDATE (4/9/18): Additional X-ray imagery from Friday, April 6 showed continued healing and improvement in Bo’s leg. Depending on the weather and day, Bo has been with one of the other “bachelor” gorillas, George or Bakari, in the Great EscApe outdoor habitat area. They rotate so each gets time outside throughout the week and to spend time with Bo. Caretakers report that Bo is also going out for longer periods of time and tolerating that well. The vet team released him...
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Monday, January 8, 2018
Through the end of January, Pinkitzel Candy & Cupcakes is donating 50 cents for each Neapolitan cupcake sold to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Round Up for Conservation initiative. The partnership developed after the Zoo contacted Pinkitzel to produce a special batch of cupcakes for an on-air newborn gorilla gender reveal. The Oklahoma-based confectionary produced a dozen pink frosting-filled cupcakes to help the Zoo announce that the Western lowland gorilla newborn,...
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Friday, August 4, 2017
Zoo partners with medical experts from Oklahoma’s leading veterinary and human hospitals to provide best medical care for critically endangered wildlife.
On Saturday, June 24, The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s veterinary team collaborated with veterinary and human medical professionals from BluePearl Veterinary Partners, the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and Oklahoma University Health Sciences to conduct a medical exam on the OKC Zoo’s 32-year-old Western...
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