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Posted by Tara Henson on 03/08/2013

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                 March 8, 2013



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The infant, male gorilla born on Valentine’s Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo has been named Leom (pronounced LEE-UM). The name originated from the Zoo’s keepers to honor the newborn’s parents by combining the last two letters of his mother’s name, Kelele, and his father’s name, Bom Bom.

Leom is the first birth for Kelele, a 19-year-old Western lowland gorilla who has been with the troop since 2000. His father, Bom Bom, was a beloved Zoo favorite who died in July 2012 of cardiac arrest. Leom, with motherly care from Kelele, has been adjusting well to his habitat and other troop members including Tatu, Muke, Bo, George and Bakari. Zoo guests may be able to see Leom with his mother in the Great EscApe area. Weather parameters may limit his time outside.

With this recent addition, Great EscApe continues its involvement in the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. One of the SSP's most important roles is to manage gorillas as a population to ensure that the population remains healthy, genetically-diverse and self-sustaining.

I spy new arrivals and spring fun at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Named the state’s #1 attraction and the third-most family-friendly zoo in the nation, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the crossroads of I-35 and I-44. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. All guests must leave the Zoo by closing time. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children ages three to 11 and seniors ages 65 and older. Children two and under are admitted free. Are you a Zoo fan?  Find us at For more information about the Zoo, visit



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