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Update on Grace, the Animal Kingdom Baby Gorilla

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We’ve been periodically checking in on Grace, the gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 1, 2019.

Grace and her mom, Kashata. Mid-August 2019.

Speaking with keepers at the Animal Kingdom’s Gorilla Trail this week, we learned that staff at the park have had no physical contact with Grace and, barring injuries or other medical emergency, they do not plan to have any physical contact with her for several years. Grace is small for her age, but her female siblings and her mother were also small when younger, so cast members are not worried.

Grace is nursing appropriately and appears to be gaining weight. She is awake for much of the day and is making progress with her motor skills. Here you can see Grace, her mom, and several of the other gorillas in a primate enclosure.

Photos: Christina Harrison

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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