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Will it be love at first sight for London Zoo's lonely female gorillas?

PUBLISHED: 20:59 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:23 07 September 2010

If French is the language of love then a new addition to ZSL London Zoo is sure to set three female gorilla hearts racing.   The Zoo s singletons, Mjukuu, 10, Effie, 16, and Zaire, 34 are to get a sneak preview of their new beau tomorrow when they will be

If French is the language of love then a new addition to ZSL London Zoo is sure to set three female gorilla hearts racing.

The Zoo's singletons, Mjukuu, 10, Effie, 16, and Zaire, 34 are to get a sneak preview of their new beau tomorrow when they will be given pictures of 12-year-old hunk, Yeboah.

The pictures of the 20 stone male gorilla, who will be travelling from La Boissiere Du Dore Zoo in France to London later on this year, will certainly excite the female trio who have lacked male attention since the death of silverback Bobby in December 2008.

Keepers visited Yeboah in Pays de la Loire a month ago to observe his personality and they think the dashing male will get along perfectly with ZSL London Zoo's female gorillas.

Team leader Tracey Lee says: "Yeboah currently lives with a silverback gorilla which means that he is remained a black back gorilla but when comes to London he will naturally take control of our gorilla group and will develop a silverback."

"He's a very charming, fun loving and intelligent gorilla. I think it will be love at first sight when the girls are let onto the island to look at the pictures - it's going to be a very special moment.


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