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Brookfield Zoo`s baby gorilla has a name: Nora!

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Brookfield Zoo's newest addition to its gorilla family now has a name! More than half of the voting public chose the name "Nora" for the 4-month-old baby gorilla, which means "honor" or "light."

More than 70,000 votes were cast in the online contest, which ran from Feb. 18 – March 3. The other potential names included Alima, Amelia, and Emma.

Alima is a river in the Republic of Congo, the native home of western lowland gorillas. Amelia means "industrious leader" or "flatterer." Emma is a nod to gorilla researcher Emma Stokes, who discovered a large population of gorillas in the Congo.

Koola, 18, gave birth to Nora on Nov. 4, 2013. She has been a very attentive mother thus far, always in contact with her little girl as she becomes more aware of her surroundings.

"She is beginning to show interest in food by mouthing pieces of the adults' diet and is starting to manipulate objects in her environment," Chicago Zoological Society associate curator of primates Craig Demitros said. "In the coming months, as Nora gets a little older, she will start riding on her mom's back and become a little more independent by moving and climbing on her own."

You can check out Nora, Koola and the rest of the gorilla family at Brookfield Zoo's Tropic World: Africa exhibit. This weekend of April 5 and 6 would be a special time to go see them, as the zoo celebrates Ape Awareness Weekend from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guests will learn more about western lowland gorillas, orangutans and white-cheeked gibbons, the three species of apes living at Brookfield Zoo. They will also learn how donating that unwanted cell phones and other electronics can help save other gorillas in their natural habitats.

Coltan, a metallic ore required to make products like these, is mined in West Africa. As more and more people want to buy new cell phones, more and more coltan is needed to make them, and more and more forests are destroyed. CZS says by recycling electronics they no longer need, guests can help save the gorillas.

 

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