March 10, 2023


Baby girl arrived on Valentine’s Day 2023; Zoo to host Naming Contest



The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium is thrilled to announce a lovable new addition: a newborn female gorilla. The healthy baby was born on February 14, 2023 and has been thriving under the care of her 32 year old mother, Ibo. She is gradually being introduced to Zoo guests, with more steady public habitat time expected as the season progresses. The public is encouraged to get involved with a baby naming contest.

Western lowland gorillas are currently listed as critically endangered, as their population is rapidly decreasing. The newborn is a welcome addition to the species as a whole, and is the second baby for Ibo, though the newborn comes after quite a hiatus; Ibo’s last baby was born when she was just eight years old. Gorillas residing in zoos may live into their 50s.

“With this new baby coming later in life, Ibo is a great mom,” says Karen Vacco, Assistant Curator of Mammals. “She is showing off the baby, cradling, and nursing. She naturally knows what to do and doesn’t need any intervention from staff. We are tracking their progress, and they’re both doing really well.”

As for what to call the new addition, the Zoo is hosting a naming contest. For a $5 donation, guests can submit a name for the infant on The top names vetted by keeper staff will then go on for a final selection.

The baby gorilla is the first of several exciting additions expected at the Pittsburgh Zoo this year, coinciding with the Zoo’s 125th anniversary. Animal fans can vote for a baby name on and keep an eye on Zoo social media pages @pghzoo for news and additional announcements.


naming contest

Have a great name suggestion for the baby gorilla? Submit your idea and a $5 Zoo donation through the link below! Visitors are able to submit names until March 31st.