San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Baby Gorilla Receiving Around-the-Clock Care

San Diego, California - The baby gorilla born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's veterinary hospital is still under 24-hour care with veterinary staff, in cooperation with neonatal specialists from UC San Diego Health System, monitoring her closely. Born by emergency C-section last week at the Safari Park, the baby is being treated for respiratory disease and veterinary staff members are providing around-the-clock care.

"We've been working with the baby all weekend and after having several days of experience treating her, it's pretty obvious that we've been dealing with pneumonia," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. "It probably occurred at about the time of birth. It's not really clear if it occurred just prior to birth or immediately following birth, but it's definitely pneumonia and a lot of the conditions that we've been managing since then are all related to pneumonia," Lamberski said.

The baby gorilla's mother, 18-year-old Imani, is recovering and doing well after the emergency C-section and is back in her familiar habitat. While Imani is eating and interacting with other members of her troop, San Diego Zoo Safari Park staff will continue to closely monitor Imani, as she is still recovering from her surgery. This is the first baby for Imani and the 17th gorilla to be born at the Safari Park. The Safari Park is home to eight gorillas, including the new baby.

Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is San Diego Zoo Global's goal. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The important conservation and science work of these entities is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

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