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.
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.
In 2014, Mjukuu or ‘Jookie’ as she’s nicknamed: gave birth to a baby girl named Alika, which means ‘most beautiful’. In 2015, a male called Gernot, was born. The group is completed by female Effie who is well-known in the Zoo for her huge appetite.
Gernot can be very playful and loves piggy-backs with sister Alika. He also likes to beat his chest in practice for his future Silverback role, but because he hasn’t grown into himself yet he usually loses balance and falls over!
Alika is still playful when it suits her and she acts very much like a typical older sister to Gernot. She'll happily give him piggy-backs, but she'll also tell him when she's had enough! She loves root vegetables and will grab her favourite foods and run away from mum Mjukuu so she has time to eat them. She's quite a character!
A male Western lowland gorilla named Kiburi moved to London Zoo in November 2022. Global logistics experts DHL Express flew the whopping 193kg silverback to London as part of an international breeding programme for the Critically Endangered species. The 5ft 4ft tall gentle giant is a calm, friendly individual and a great fit for our own gorilla family’s dynamic.
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.
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