Toledo Zoo adds new western lowland gorilla

This Sept. 5, 2017 photo shows Sufi, 15, a female silverback gorilla on loan to the zoo at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio. Sufi, 15, has been added to the exhibit in hopes that she and Kwisha, 29, the adult male, will mate. (Jetta Fraser/The Blade via AP)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo Zoo in Ohio has welcomed a new western lowland gorilla to the group.

A 15-year-old adult female named Sufi joined the zoo’s other three females and silverback male after arriving on loan from the Houston Zoo in May.

Sufi came to the Toledo Zoo to breed with the male, 29-year-old Kwisha, as part of a species survival plan.

Zoo officials spent the past few months slowly introducing Sufi to the other gorillas. Officials say fights and injuries are common due to the animals’ social structure.

She has since been accepted, and the exhibit is now open to the public.

Zoo officials say Sufi will be easy to spot. She’s the smallest of the group.