Lowland Gorilla Barika moves to Wichita, Kansas
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Barika, the zoo’s 14-year old female western lowland gorilla, has a new home at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. Barika is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which works to ensure genetic diversity in her species and to safeguard against their extinction. She received a transfer and breeding recommendation from the SSP in 2012 and while we are sad to see her leave, we are hopeful that she will be able to experience the joys of motherhood with her new troop in Kansas. Once settled into her new family, Barika and two other female gorillas will live with Matt, a 21 year old silverback who leads this new family troop.
Barika is the daughter of Julia and Kakinga and the first female gorilla born the zoo on October 18, 2000. The troop will miss her as part of the family; however will adjust to the new dynamics in their own ways. Barika will be missed by her animal care team who cared for her over the years and many members of the public. To make the journey easier for Barika, Carrie, our primatologist and lead zookeeper who knows her the best will be travelling with her and staying for a short time to help with the transition.