NZP Receives Two Baby Gorillas

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February 20-26. The National Zoological Park receives two baby gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). The male (Nikumba, 15 months) and female (Moka, 20 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.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • TORCH, March 1955, p. 4
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1954, p. 106

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


February 20, 1955


  • Animals
  • Gifts
  • Gorilla

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