- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Zoo is keeping four gorillas that were about to be shipped out, and looking to bring in three more in the spring.

Two months ago, the zoo was ready to send its youngest gorillas, Bomassa and Apollo, and their mothers away to another zoo, along with an unrelated female. The transfer was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Gorilla Species Survival Plan, which ultimately recommended that the gorillas stay.

The possibility of losing five gorillas brought a flood of donations to the N.C. Zoological Society, the zoo’s nonprofit support organization. Those donations will fund expansion of the zoo’s gorilla facilities.

An adult male gorilla will be joining the troop along with another female and her grandson. They’re coming from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo next spring.

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