Baby Gorilla Naming Contest



Our Baby Gorilla Has a Name!

Our 4-month-old female gorilla has a name of her own. Through a public naming contest, nearly 3,500 names were submitted and the baby gorilla caretakers have selected the winning name: Yola (rhymes with Lola). Yola, which means “firefly” in the African language, Hausa, was chosen because the new gorilla has been a spark that has catalyzed and solidified the bonds within her mom’s group. Yola, keep that fire alive!

We are grateful to all of you who submitted name suggestions, and many thanks to our gorilla fans who have followed the story of our new western lowland gorilla and who have become inspired to care about the future of gorillas in the wild.