Two new gorillas find a home at the Audubon Zoo

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Meet Okpara and Tumani.

They're just getting used to their new home here at the Audubon Zoo.

"We've been working really hard to get them introduced and the reason for this is breeding," says Courtney with the Audubon Zoo.

Okpara, Tumani and Praline, who was born at Audubon 21 years ago, are Western Lowland Gorillas.

"Western Lowland Gorillas are critically endangered, actually, and the next step, unfortunately, is extinction."

The gorilla species survival plan recommended putting these gorillas together with the goal of procreating.

Tumani arrived from a zoo in Colorado Springs and Okpara is from Boston. And they'll soon be joined by another female.

"Right now our females are on birth control, so once they're stable, we're able to take them off and go from there."

It remains to be seen when a new baby gorilla could arrive. But the birth will mark an important step forward in protecting the species. And helping generations to come, learn from the animals here at the Audubon Zoo.

"It's really important that we can tell the story of gorillas and what's happening in Africa. It's not only these four gorillas but the entire species across Africa. And it's just taking those messages home from Audubon Zoo and it's just making little changes in their life to make a difference for wildlife. That's what we're here for."

For now, Tumani and Okpara will enjoy their new surroundings, basking in the Louisiana sun.

Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.