Introducing ‘Asali’!

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Introducing ‘Asali’!

Friday, 28 June 2019

SSE Airtricity and Dublin Zoo reveal the name of the baby gorilla 

SSE Airtricity and Dublin Zoo are delighted to announce the name of the baby gorilla, born April 1st at Dublin Zoo, as Asali.  The name, which means ‘honey’ in Swahili, was chosen by Ina Walsh from thousands of entries after a nationwide competition. As well as naming the baby gorilla, Ina also won a year’s free electricity from SSE Airtricity.  Followers of  ‘The Zoo’ TV show can tune in this Sunday at 6:30pm on RTE One where the last episode of this season’s series, proudly sponsored by SSE Airtricity, will follow the birth of baby Asali at Dublin Zoo.

The staff at Dublin Zoo are delighted with the progress Asali is making and say she is being well looked-after by her mother and the rest of the troop. Asali has a big personality and she has already begun to crawl. She is developing quickly and currently weighs over 4 kilos and, with already 6 teeth, is beginning to show an interest in solid food.

Team Leader Helen Clarke Bennett says “Asali has had quite the few weeks! She is bright, alert and extremely adventurous. She has come on leaps and bounds over the past few weeks and has even developed a special bond with Kambiri another young female in troop. The two spend their days playing together and Asali is learning many important life skills from this friendship. We are looking forward to watching Asali’s development and can’t wait to see her grow into adulthood.”

Dublin Zoo is currently home to a troop of five western lowland gorillas; Bangui, the dominant male and Asali’s father, and four females, Kafi (mother to Asali), Kambiri, Vana and now baby Asali.

Commenting on the announcement Aine Plunkett, Head of Marketing for SSE Airtricity said “We’re delighted with the response we received for the competition and can’t think of a more fitting and beautiful name than Asali. We look forward to offering our customers more unique experiences with Dublin Zoo over the next year and in doing so, helping to deepen the understanding of the need for making greener choices in our daily lives”.

Western lowland gorillas, the largest of the primates, favour quiet, tranquil environments and the design of their habitat at Dublin Zoo, The Gorilla Rainforest, was strongly influenced by behavioural studies of gorillas in the wild.

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