Gorilla Kingdom

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Our Gorilla Kingdom brings the African rainforest to the heart of London. You’ll be able to meet Africa’s most exciting residents, featuring our colony of western lowland gorillas.  This is one encounter you’ll be sure to remember.

Mjukuu - Gorilla

When you step into this atmospheric exhibit, you’ll first be able to explore our African aviary before moving on into our Gorilla Kingdom. This natural and engaging environment is home to our gorillas, featuring a stunning clearing, their own personal island, and an indoor gymnasium.

Our colony of gorillas is led by our impressive male silverback – Kumbuka. In 2014, Kumbuka parented his first offspring with mate Mjukuu: a baby girl named Alika, which means ‘most beautiful’. In 2015 Kumbuka's second offspring, a male called Gernot, was born. The group is completed by females Effie and Zaire. Large viewing areas and an engaging habitat means you’ll have the very best vantage point for seeing this special family.

Want to monkey around some more? Venture further into this exhibit and discover more primates, including our families of white-naped mangabeys and white colobus monkeys. There are loads for you to encounter and share in this truly wild exhibit!

Gorilla Mjukuu

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There are more than just Gorillas in Gorilla Kingdom - find out who else inhabits this exhibit:


Alika and Gernot

Newborn baby gorilla Gernot meets his big sister Alika for the first time.

Gorilla climbing at ZSL London Zoo

Watch as Kumbuka, Effie, Majukuu and even baby Alika get to grips with their new treehouse.


Find out how our adorable little baby western lowland gorilla Alika is getting on.

Baby western lowland gorilla

Here is the first footage of the adorable baby gorilla born at ZSL London Zoo!

Kumbuka the gorilla at ZSL London Zoo

Meet the new King of Gorilla Kingdom.

Kumbuka celebrates his birthday at ZSL London Zoo 2013

Kumbuka celebrates his 16th birthday with a party in Gorilla Kingdom.

Kumbuka the silverback gorilla at ZSL London Zoo

Expert keeper Teague answers your questions about Kumbuka and the other gorillas in Gorilla Kingdom.

Mjukuu the gorilla at ZSL London Zoo.
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Meet some of the Gorillas who live at ZSL London Zoo...


Zaire the Gorilla at ZSL London ZooZaire

Zaire was born in Jersey Zoo, and came to ZSL London Zoo in 1984. She is a playful and mischievous character who is known for sometimes doing precisely the opposite of what the keepers want.


Mjukuu the gorilla at ZSL London Zoo.Mjukuu

Mjukuu, or ‘Jookie’ as she’s nicknamed, joined ZSL London Zoo’s Gorilla Kingdom from a group of eleven gorillas at another zoo.

ZSL London Zoo's youngest gorilla is 5ft tall and weighs around 65 kilos.


Effie the Gorilla at ZSL London ZooEffie

Effie is the "teenager" of the group. She is well-known in the Zoo for her huge appetite and will happily steal the other gorillas' food if no one is looking.



Kumbuka the gorilla at ZSL London ZooKumbuka

Silverback Kumbuka is our male western lowland gorilla. He arrived at ZSL London Zoo from Paignton Zoo in Devon in early 2013, and despite never having had a female mate before,was quickly spotted flirting with females Mjukuu and Effie.


Alika in gorilla kingdomAlika

Alika – meaning most beautiful – was born at the zoo on December 10th 2014. She is cared for by her mother Mjukuu, a 17-year-old gorilla who caught the eye of father Kumbuka on his arrival in 2013.Baby Gernot



Born to mum Effie and dad Kumbuka on 25 November 2015, adorable Gernot is the latest addition to Gorilla Kindgom and has been receiving lots of attention from his older sister Alika.

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Following an eight and a half month gestation period, 22-year-old Effie gave birth to baby Gernot in the early hours on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

The latest arrival in Gorilla Kingdom is the second infant to be born to Kumbuka, ZSL London Zoo's silverback male.  

Female infant Alika has been showering her sibling with affection, tentatively touching his head and stroking his face while he sleeps in his mother's arms.

Gernot baby gorilla

The Western-lowland gorilla baby was named Gernot, after the partner of a generous donor who has helped to support the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) international work for wildlife.

Gorilla keeper Glynn Hennessy said: "Baby gorilla Gernot has quickly become the centre of attention at ZSL London Zoo's Gorilla Kingdom, but one-year-old Alika has embraced her new role of the doting big sister.

"Western lowland gorillas live in troops and learn how to act from observing each other’s behaviours and manners and here we can see Alika demonstrating some of the nurturing skills she's learned from the adults.

"Classed as critically endangered in the wild, the survival of Western-lowland gorillas is threatened by habitat loss and hunting, and Zoos play an important role in supporting wild conservation efforts."

Visitors to ZSL London Zoo can see Gernot and Alika with the rest of the troop in Gorilla Kingdom.