It’s a Boy! And You Can Name Prague’s Newest Gorilla

It’s a Boy! And You Can Name Prague’s Newest Gorilla

On April 23, Prague Zoo received a surprise birth when lowland gorillas Shindy and Richard welcomed a newborn infant into their midst.

Because Zoo staff did not want to interfere with the baby and his protective mother, the sex of the month-old gorilla had yet to be determined, though zoo director Miroslav Bobek hinted that it was “probably” a male.



Yesterday, the Zoo made it official via Facebook: after DNA tests that examined the newborn’s feces, it was determined that he was in fact a boy.

And from today through June 15, you can submit proposals to give him a name through this website.

One proposal will be selected as the infant boy’s name, and a winner will receive a family pass to the zoo, a guided tour of the primates, and an adventure tour that includes making paper from elephant dung. 

On Sunday, June 19, at 13:00, the Zoo will hold a Christening ceremony to bestow the new name upon the youngster. They’ll also honor his mother’s 25th birthday: Shindy was born on June 14, 1991.

Here’s the mother with her infant shortly after the birth:


Dave Park

David Park was born and raised in Baltimore and has been living in the Czech Republic since 2009 after studying journalism in Prague. No stranger to controversial topics, feel free to comment on his articles and let him know how you *really* feel.

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