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Two Baby Gorillas Moka and Nikumba

February 20, 1955

The National Zoological Park receives two baby gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). The male,  Nikumba, fifteen months, and female, Moka, twenty months, were flown from French Equatorial Africa to Europe and then to the United States. They are the first gorillas in the Zoo since 1932.More

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