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2 Baby Gorillas At The Lincoln Park Zoo Have Been Named

The newborns' names pay tribute to areas where the zoo does research on ape and chimp groups.

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CHICAGO — The Lincoln Park Zoo has finally revealed the names of its two newest gorillas.

The newborns, both boys, were born May 12 and June 12, but it wasn’t until this week that the zoo revealed what it’s named them: The older boy is Mondika (pronounced mon-dee-kah) and the younger is Djeke (jek-ay), according to the zoo.

The names pay tribute to the Goualougo Triangle and the Djeke Triangle in the Republic of the Congo, where the zoo does research. The triangles are home to several gorilla and chimpanzee groups and help researchers understand “how environmental and human influence … impact apes’ well-being,” according to the zoo.

“I am absolutely thrilled the gorilla infants have received such meaningful names and can connect people to critical conservation work,” said David Morgan, a lead researcher for the zoo in the Goualougo Triangle.

Mondika was named by the zoo’s animal care staff and researchers. Djeke was named by John Hart, a supporter and life trustee of the zoo.

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