On April 12, Gorilla Grove, a new $9.1 million outdoor gorilla habitat, will open to the general public following a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
This dynamic new space features more than 360,000 cubic feet for the gorilla troop to explore. With a mix of real and fabricated trees, a waterfall, climbing vines and a multitude of built-in foraging opportunities, the gorillas will have the ability to traverse the space three dimensionally. This space will enable guests to observe the natural behaviors and social dynamics of the gorilla family. Featuring corridors leading to an immersive central observational outpost within the habitat, guests will have a unique perspective for quiet reflection and observation while being immersed in the gorillas’ home. At the front of the habitat, guests can experience scheduled training sessions at the zookeeper training area.
The Gorilla Family at Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo is home to six gorillas, including Little Joe, Kitombe (Kit), his mate Kiki and their three offspring – Kambiri, Azize and Pablo, a male gorilla born in October 2020.
Species Survival Plan
Zoo New England is an active participant in the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs help to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered, and enhance conservation of these species in the wild.
About Western Lowland Gorillas
Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered in the wild. Western gorillas, found in the countries of Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo, Angola, and Central African Republic, are divided into the Cross River and western lowland subspecies. Both are considered critically endangered. Threats to gorillas vary geographically and western gorillas are primarily threatened by disease and the bushmeat trade.
Zoo New England has been a longtime supporter of gorilla conservation, devoting passion, expertise and resources to the preservation of this iconic species. Through AZA SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction), Zoo New England is currently supporting a project to protect Cross-River gorillas in the Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in Nigeria.
Franklin Park Zoo Regular Admission
- Adults: $22.95
- Senior Admission (62+): $20.95
- Child Admission (ages 2-12): $15.95
You can find more information about Gorilla Grove on the Franklin Park Zoo Facebook Page.
Before you go, see a map of the zoo.
Franklin Park Zoo New Gorilla Grove
1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121
Photo courtesy of Franklin Park Zoo
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