Milwaukee County Zoo unveils name for baby gorilla

Associated Press

January 25, 2015

MILWAUKEE - A male gorilla born at the Milwaukee County Zoo in November has finally been named.

The name Sulaiman (SOO-lay-man) was chosen for the western lowland gorilla following a seven-day social media campaign among employees at Northwestern Mutual. Thirty-two percent of the votes were cast for Sulaiman, which means peace in Swahili. More than 1,200 employees who voted also considered the names Sherman T., Sharifu, which means noble in Swahili, and Suhubi, which means friend in Swahili.

Sulaiman was the third gorilla to be born at the Milwaukee County Zoo. He was the first baby for 12-year-old Shalia, who's on loan from the Toronto Zoo. His father, 27-year-old Cassius, has been at the zoo since 1999.

A newly renovated outdoor exhibit is set to open next spring.