The gorilla group in the new exposition of the Prague Zoo is filled by the female Duni, the daughter of the famous Moja, who in 2004 became the first young gorilla born in the Czech Republic. This was stated on Twitter today by the zoo’s director Miroslav Bobek. A new male Kisumu is also due to arrive in Prague from Austria, who should take care of the continuation of gorilla breeding, Bobek said on Czech Television.
“Duni is the daughter of our Moja, the granddaughter of Richard and Kijivu! Yes, we will have the daughter of our first-born gorilla, the famous Moji, in Prague! The story continues,” wrote Bobek. According to him, Kisumu is to become the leading male in the new pavilion.
I can finally write it – and it’s really a bomb! Duni is coming to our zoo! Doesn’t that tell you anything? Duni is the daughter of our Moja, the granddaughter of Richard and Kijivu! Yes, we will have the daughter of our first-born gorilla in Prague, the famous Moji! The story continues…
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– Miroslav Bobek (@MiroslavBobek) July 1, 2022
According to him, Kisumu is to become the leading male in the new pavilion. “This is twice as good news: the arrival of Kisum will allow her to have other cubs in the group, as Duni will continue the story of our famous Moja in Prague. Duni is her only daughter,” added Bobek in a press release.
In the meantime, all the formalities and permits required to complete the Duni could have come from Spain and a male Kisumu from Austria. Bobek would like the new inhabitants of the Troja Zoo to first get used to the new group and the new pavilion, which will be inaugurated on September 28.
At the beginning of June, a group of gorillas from the Prague Zoo split up. While the females Shinda, Kijivu and Kamba and the youngest male Ajabu moved to a new exhibition, in the original pavilion in the lowest part of the garden, the male Richard remained with his sons Kiburi and Nuru. Richard’s line is so represented in European breeding that he may no longer have young. The continuation of gorilla breeding should therefore be ensured by the newly arrived male. According to Bobek, the animals got used to the new situation better than the breeders expected.
The first gorilla cub
The new gorilla pavilion at the Prague Zoo will open to visitors on September 28. The exhibition will be the largest exhibition space at the Troja Zoo, costing over 262 million crowns. The building at the top of the zoo measures approximately 56 by 56 meters. Outdoor enclosures for animals cover 3000 square meters. The first animal inhabitants of the pavilion, such as guereza mantles, Brazz vertebrates and giant rats, began to move to the new premises at the end of May.
The Prague Zoo has been breeding lowland gorillas since 1963. The first gorilla inmate of the garden was a male Titan, after which a female Nigra came to the zoo. The first cub was born in the Prague Zoo on December 13, 2004 – the female Moja became the first gorilla cub born in a zoo in the Czech Republic. Her name in Swahili means First. The gorilla has become a darling of the garden, proudly behind it crowds of visitors. In November 2011, Moja traveled to Spain, where she lives in Cabárceno Park. In 2013, her female Duni was born, who will now return to her mother’s birthplace.