Bronx Zoo is gaga over 2 new gorillas babies

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Bronx Zoo is gaga over 2 new gorillas babies
In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, “Tutti,” a female Western Lowland gorilla looks down at her sleeping baby at the Bronx Zoo in New York. With the addition of two new baby gorillas recently born at the zoo, the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest is now home to 20 gorillas. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
In this photo taken on April 11, 2014, and provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, “Tutti,” a female Western Lowland gorilla holds her baby at the Bronx Zoo Congo Gorilla Forest in New York. With the addition of two new baby gorillas recently born at the zoo, the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest is now home to 20 gorillas. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
In this photo taken on April 11, 2014, and provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a female Western Lowland gorilla clings to her baby at the Bronx Zoo in New York. With the addition of two new baby gorillas recently born at the zoo, the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest is now home to 20 gorillas. (AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher)
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is proud to welcome two newborn western lowland gorillas - the first gorillas born at the zoo since 2006. 33-year old Julia gave birth first on March 10 and 19-year old Tuti had her baby on April 17. The troop's silverback, 31-year old Ernie, is father to both babies. The Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest is now home to 20 gorillas -- the largest group of gorillas in North America. The Bronx Zoo has a successful history breeding gorillas as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Congo Gorilla Forest has won many awards for its design, animal habitats, and horticulture. It is also among the world's first zoo exhibits where admission fees go directly to field conservation efforts in Africa. Since it opened, more than $12.5 million has gone to support WCS's Global Conservation Programs' work protecting gorillas from habitat loss and illegal hunting throughout Central Africa.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City zoo is celebrating the arrivals of two baby western lowland gorillas.

They're the first gorillas born at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo since 2006.

Zoo officials said Thursday the babies' genders aren't yet known.

A gorilla named Julia gave birth on March 10. Another named Tuti had her baby on April 17.

Newborns weigh about 4 to 5 pounds. Females could grow up to weigh 250 pounds, males about 450 pounds.

Gorilla infants are held by their mothers for the first four months of their lives.

Zoo visitors can see the babies this spring if conditions such as the weather and temperature are right.

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