The Calgary Zoo will be celebrating the first birthday of gorilla Kimani on Thursday.
The zoo’s youngest Western lowland gorilla was born on March 9, 2016. On Thursday, she will be given birthday-themed enrichment items to help her mark her big day.
“This has been an incredible year of growth for Kimani as she was born underweight which required special care from our animal care and veterinary teams,” Calgary Zoo curator Dr. Malu Celli said in a Wednesday news release.
“While still tiny, [Kimani] is thriving and doing exceptionally well with a caring mother and an attentive troop of female gorillas to watch over her.”
Visitors to the gorilla enclosure on Thursday are asked to bring used cellphones to recycle in lieu of gifts or cards. Cellphones are made of coltan, a mineral found in the Congo where gorillas live. According to the zoo, by recycling these devices, the need to mine for coltan diminishes, helping to protect the endangered species.
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