"JoJo" finds mojo at Brookfield Zoo

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The silverback gorilla named "JoJo" finds his "mojo" at the Brookfield Zoo.   

The 32 year-old was sent there from the Lincoln Park Zoo to accomplish once crucial task: Help expand the critically endangered western lowland gorilla species.

During the past month, the gorilla exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo has been closed to the public so JoJo could get to know the female gorillas. Experts say he isn't missing a beat. The exhibit is now open to visitors, and they could see quite a show.

He is getting cozy with 24-year-old Binti Jua and 17-year-old Koola, who is Binti Jua’s daughter. 

The females are on birth control to ensure their group is cohesive. But once the zoo believes the environment is right, it'll take the females off birth control and it's hoping they'll get pregnant soon.  

“JoJo has been very busy. So, we are very optimistic that once we pull the females off birth control there will not be any problems with getting the breeding underway. And hopefully, before the end of next year, we’ll have some infants in the group,” said primate expert Craig Demitros.

The Gorilla SSP says JoJo is one of the most genetically valuable males in the zoo population.

Within the gorilla population, breeding normally occurs every three to four-years, so JoJo could potentially produce five to six offspring over the next 10 years.

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