Gorilla Baby Naming

Help us name the infant gorilla, and support gorilla conservation in Africa!

World Gorilla Day, coming up on September 24, will mark an extra-special celebration at Zoo Atlanta this year. The male infant born to Lulu on July 24 will be 2 months old on World Gorilla Day, when he’ll get his name!

Naming submissions closed at 11 p.m. on Friday, September 20. Three names will be chosen at random to be featured on the naming day, with the winning name announced September 24!

All funds raised through this naming will benefit The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, Zoo Atlanta’s partner in gorilla conservation for more than 20 years.

About the gorilla program at Zoo Atlanta

The arrival of Zoo Atlanta’s most famous gorilla, the late Willie B., in 1961, evolved into what is today a nationally recognized program for the care and behavioral study of critically endangered western lowland gorillas. Twenty-four gorillas have been born at Zoo Atlanta since the opening of the landmark Ford African Rain Forest in 1988, with all infants having been mother-reared or reared by a gorilla surrogate. In 2011, the 50th anniversary year of its gorilla program, Zoo Atlanta earned the distinguished Edward H. Bean Award for Significant Achievement from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for its long-term commitment to the species. Research published by Zoo Atlanta staff has resulted in more than 100 scientific papers on gorilla behavior, biology, reproduction and care. Zoo Atlanta is the headquarters of the Great Ape Heart Project, the world’s first coordinated effort to understand, diagnose, and treat cardiac disease across all four great ape taxa. Zoo Atlanta’s primary partner in gorilla conservation, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, is headquartered at Zoo Atlanta and protects and supports gorillas and their habitats in Africa.