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Her name means “treasure” but as she monkeyed around on her third birthday, little gorilla Kanzi (above) had no idea how precious she is.
BABY gorilla, Kanzi was all smiles yesterday as she celebrated her third birthday at Melbourne Zoo.
The young gorilla, whose name translates to ‘treasure’ in Swahili, enjoyed icy beetroots and capsicums with her parents Kimya and Otana, and ‘honorary aunty’ Yuska.
She also played in boxes sporting the logo “They’re Calling on You”, where she found surprise treats such as nuts and popcorn.
With the wild gorilla population in Africa declining due to poaching and other human impacts, the zoo is calling on patrons to bring their old mobile phones in to be refurbished or recycled.
The drive is part of a fundraising bid for the Gorilla Doctors, currently providing care to gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
At last check, Kanzi weighed in at 23kg, still over 60kg lighter than her mother, Kimya.
With another six years before Kanzi starts to reach adulthood, she still has a lot of growing ahead of her, and more fun birthdays.
CELEBRATION: Baby gorilla Kanzi has a moment with her father Otana near her birthday cake.