Kesho, an 11-year-old gorilla, is being moved from Ireland to London zoo to become the leader of a group of gorillas at the zoo.
A group of three lonely female gorillas were in recent times bereaved by the unexpected death of their young male partner.
The transfer of Kesho from Dublin zoo is both delicate as well as crucial as the social organisation of a group of gorillas is centered on the dominant male. Experts say that the female grouping at London Zoo will likely split apart in spiteful internal strife if they are not provided with a dominant male gorilla.
A female gorilla called Mjukuu will give birth to a baby in a couple of months, and there is a risk that the new male gorilla could kill the baby to prove his dominance.
Zoological director David Field said that it previous observations of wild gorillas proves that when a new male takes over an existing harem of female gorillas he is likely to murder infants fathered by the previous leader.
Yet it is even more possible that Mjukuu and her would-be baby will be attacked by other members of the group if no male is brought to stabilise the social cohesion of the band.
Speaking on the topic, Mr. Field said, “The introduction of a new male in these circumstances is very precarious.”
The group of gorillas at the London zoo lost two males leaders as they died within 18 months of each other.