Happy Birthday (Pri)mate!

ZSL London Zoo’s silverback gorilla has been celebrating his sweet sixteenth at a birthday bash with a difference.

Kumbuka, a 29-stone western lowland gorilla, who arrived at ZSL London Zoo in May this year, marked his milestone birthday this month and keepers made the most of the special occasion.

With specially-prepared birthday presents stuffed with his favourite treats and themed-decorations for Kumbuka’s Gorilla Kingdom home, the seven-foot-tall male has been celebrating in style.


Kumbuka Bday 01

The lucky chap shares his home with a trio of lovely ladies, Mjukuu, Effie and Zaire, who all joined in with the celebrations – and keepers prepared extra gifts for the girls to make sure they didn’t steal the birthday boy’s limelight.

Gorilla keeper Daniel Simmonds said: “Kumbuka may be embracing adulthood, but he is still a big kid at heart – he’s got a real mischievous streak and loves to rip apart the enrichment toys we give him.

Kumbuka celebrates his birthday at ZSL London Zoo 2013

“Kumbuka never had female mates before he moved to ZSL London Zoo, and he’s certainly had some growing up to do since he got here.

“He’s taken on the important role of dominant silverback amazingly well, and the girls just love him. We’re sure they’ll help make his birthday a happy one!”

Effie the gorilla - Kumbuka's birthday 2013 at ZSL London Zoo

Effie was more than happy to help Kumbuka open his presents.

 

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