Zoo hopes news gorillas will form 'troop' as in the wild

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has received two female gorillas from other zoos in an effort to create a new troop mirroring those in the wild.

CLEzoo KebiMoya

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Metroparks shows a female gorilla named Kebi Moya. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo received a female gorilla named Fredrika from Florida's Zoo Miami and Kebi Moya, from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, selected to join the Cleveland zoo's male silverback gorilla named Mokolo in the hope of creating a new troop. (Grahm S. Jones/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Cleveland Metroparks Zoo via AP)


Zoo officials say the females are 43-year-old Fredrika (fred-REEK'-uh) from Florida's Zoo Miami and 26-year-old Kebi Moya (KAY'-bee MOY'-uh) from Ohio's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

CLEzoo Fredrika

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo shows a female gorilla named Fredrika. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo received Fredrika from Florida's Zoo Miami and a female gorilla named Kebi Moya from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, selected to join the Cleveland zoo's male silverback gorilla named Mokolo in the hope of creating a new troop. (Zoo Miami/Cleveland Metroparks Zoo via AP)


They two arrived several months ago and have bonded. They are now getting to know Mokolo (muh-KO'-low), the zoo's 30-year-old male silverback.

CLEzoo Mokolo

This undated photo provided by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo shows a male silverback gorilla named Mokolo in the Primate, Cat & Aquatics sections of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo received a female gorilla named Fredrika from Florida's Zoo Miami and a female gorilla named Kebi Moya from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, selected to join Mokolo, in the hope of creating a new troop. (Kyle Lanzer/Cleveland Metroparks Zoo via AP)


Zoo officials say the two females were selected based on their social experiences and behaviors to form a social group with Mokolo.

The zoo hopes to introduce the troop to the public in the coming weeks.