Gorilla set for "Terrible Twos"

Created: 2013-06-18 17:42 EST

Category: World > North America
It was a celebration at The San Diego Zoo as Monroe, a western lowland gorilla, enjoyed his second birthday on Monday (June 17) with a party complete with birthday cake and paper-mache balloons.
Monroe picked blueberries off his multicolored ice cake, before running about his exhibit, playing with numerous cardboard animals and toys made for him by volunteers. 
[Peggy Sexton, San Diego Zoo Safari Park]:
"As you can see on the exhibit, we have cake and cupcakes for the gorillas and they are made out of ice, no-cal flavoring, lemonade and different flavors. They are also filled with all kinds of fruits and berries, which is their normal diet and the frosting is made out of cooked yam and bananas."
The birthday celebration was provided by his keepers and Safari Park volunteers as enrichment for Monroe and the gorilla troop. 
Monroe was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on June 17, 2011, and is the youngest of the troop of seven gorillas. 
Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 
All seven gorillas are on exhibit daily in Gorilla Forest at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.