Kabibe: San Francisco Zoo Baby Gorilla Gets A Name

By Bay City News and Photo by May Woon
|  Saturday, Dec 21, 2013  |  Updated 10:35 PM PDT
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Dr. Elizabeth Rogers, Neonatologist at UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital examining the 2-month old female gorilla. Video by Juliana Bunim/UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Rogers, Neonatologist at UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital examining the 2-month old female gorilla. Video by Juliana Bunim/UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital

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The 5-month old baby gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo has been named Kabibe, zoo officials announced Friday morning.

The public voted on the moniker from a group of three names and Kabibe, which means "little lady" in Swahili, earned a majority of the votes, zoo spokeswoman Abbie Tuller said.

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The name was announced the day before the infant western lowland gorilla will make her first public appearance at the zoo's Jones Family Gorilla Preserve.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, she will be on view with the rest of her six-member troop.

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Kabibe was born on July 17 to Nneka and Oscar Jonesy. Her grandmother, the 33-year-old matriarch of the troop, Bawang, is taking on the role of caretaker for the baby, zoo officials said.

The other choices for the baby girl's name were Malaika, which means "heavenly messenger" in Swahili, and Kenura, which means "joy" in Kikuyu.

Kabibe sucking her thumb.

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