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Louisville Zoo welcomes new female gorilla

The zoo says the new arrival is Bandia, a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Louisville Zoo's Gorilla Forest will soon have a new resident.

The zoo says the new arrival is Bandia, a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla.

Zoo officials say Bandia arrived this week and will join Gorilla Forest after a quarantine period followed by acclimation time.

She is the second recent arrival for the Gorilla Forest. Earlier this summer, the zoo received a male silverback gorilla named Casey from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

Louisville Zoo officials say the plan is for Casey to become the patriarch in a family group that includes one-year-old Kindi, surrogate mother Kweli, and female gorillas Paki and Bandia.

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