Tweet I’m not a big fan of zoos, but I have to admit if it weren’t for these animal prisons (or conservation centers, whichever you prefer) I’d have never seen many of the fascinating animals we all know and love. Of course, celebrating a gorilla’s 1st birthday is not really for the gorilla, even if he seems to be having a grand time. It’s about the spectators and the media. I guess it’s not that different from a human’s 1st birthday, though I’m pretty no reporters or throngs of gawkers showed up at mine. Anyway, Monroe (son of Kokomo) now one-year old resident of the San Diego Zoo, received lavish gifts and a good time was apparently had by all. From Our Amazing Planet: Monroe was the first gorilla born at the Safari Park since 2001. His mother is Kokamo and his father is Winston. Western gorillas are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. For more on the San Diego Zoo gorilla birthday party see this article from California’s Imperial Valley News. For your daily dose of ‘cuteness’ check out this short ITN report on the simian birthday bash. SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox. Given email address is already subscribed, thank you! Please provide a valid email address. Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.