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February 19

February 19, 2010 – An Endangered Western Lowland Gorilla is Born in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom


“The newborn gorilla is going well and has already become an integral part of the gorilla family group that includes first-time mother, Kashata, father Gino, and two other females.”

On February 19, 2010, a baby gorilla was born to Western Lowland Gorilla Kashata in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. This was Kashata’s first baby, and the third gorilla born in the Animal Kingdom. Disney is working in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which helps protect and manage threatened or endangered species. The baby was eventually named Lilly to honor the late scientist and vice president of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Dr. Alecia Lilly.