A new female gorilla has arrived!
Maïsha, a 7 1/2-years-old female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), has just arrived at La Palmyre Zoo.
She was born in Beauval in 2008 and transferred to La Palmyre following a recommendation of the EEP. She has joined our group that includes one silverback, two females and a young male.
The transport between the two zoos went well and Maïsha quickly found her feet in the new building. The transition was made easier by the presence of our gorilla keeper in Beauval just before the transfer and then by that of Maïsha's keeper at La Palmyre during the days that followed the transport. A protocol systematically implemented when great apes (gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos) are moved from a zoo to another as it gives reassurance to these highly sensitive animals.
The separation from the family group is also a significant source of stress because even if it occurs at the same age in the wild (indeed females gorilla leave their natal group at the age of 7-8 years when they reach sexual maturity), it remains a important moment in the emancipation process of the subadults.
However Maïsha seems to have well tolerated the change: she has been immediately very curious towards the members of our group and showed no excessive sign of anxiety. Very positive interactions are observed between all the individuals and the contact should be done quickly.
Don't miss the news about the integration process of the newcomer and in the meantime, here is the video of her arrival.