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Louisville Zoo welcomes newest female gorilla - Bandia

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Zoo now has a new resident. 

Twenty-year-old Bandia arrived this week from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. She joins Casey, a silverback gorilla who came to Louisville this summer from the same zoo.

Bandia will join Gorilla Forest after a quarantine period followed by time to get acclimated to her new surroundings. 

The gorillas will be a part of the family group that will help raise 1-year-old Kindi. That group now includes Kindi and her surrogate mother, Kweli, as well as female gorillas Paki and Bandia.

Zoo officials hope the changes will create a strong and healthy family group for Kindi.

In conjunction with these changes, 29-year-old silverback Mshindi was recently moved to the Cincinnati Zoo. 

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