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Two endangered gorillas born at the Bronx Zoo in March and April are now making appearances at the zoo's famous Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The baby western lowland gorillas are the 14th and 15th gorillas born at the exhibit since it opened in 1999. The Bronx Zoo has had 50 gorilla births since 1972.

The gender of the newborns is unknown for now, WCS said. One was born to Julia, 33, and the other to Tuti, 19. Ernie, 31, sired them both. He is a first-time dad, WCS said.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature designates western lowland gorillas as "critically endangered." Their primary habit is in the forests of equatorial Africa.

The Bronx Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other zoos called the Species Survival Plan to make sure that captive animal populations are genetically viable.

The WCS said that seeing the babies will "vary day-by-day depending on weather, temperature, and other environmental factors."

The Wildlife Conservation Society's mission is to protect wildlife and wild places around the world through science, conservation, and education programs and its network of zoos and aquarium in New York City.

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