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Matchmaking for Species Survival

Baraka and Calaya are like many modern couples. They met through an algorithm, navigated a long-distance relationship and eventually settled down to have a baby. But for these Western Lowland Gorillas—with their genetics, personality and individual needs perfectly aligned—successful digital matchmaking isn’t about romance. It’s a means of survival.

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This story is a part of our Planet Earth series. From mammals to insects and birds to reptiles, we share this great big world with all manner of creatures, large and small. Come with us to faraway places as we explore our great big planet and meet some of its wildest inhabitants.

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