The Gorilla Rainforest is a total of 12,000 square metre of undulating topography, inspired by the lowland rainforest of western Africa, home to western lowland gorillas.
The largest of the primates, western lowland gorillas favour quiet, tranquil environments and the design of this incredible new habitat was strongly influenced by behavioural studies of gorillas in the wild. High, rocky outcrops and trees allow the apes an overview of the surrounding landscape, while streams and dense vegetation allow the gorillas to forage and move to private resting spaces.
Dublin Zoo has maintained western lowland gorillas for many years and is home to a breeding group of seven healthy gorillas.It is envisaged that the troop will grow in size to between 12 – 15 gorillas over the coming years.
The Gorilla Rainforest provides an exciting experience for visitors to observe the gorillas in a natural environment. Discovering the gorillas requires patience and at least half an hour is needed to explore the Gorilla Rainforest.
Dublin Zoo Gorilla Troop
- Lena, born in 1984. Lena is a very caring mum, kept busy caring for her baby who was born in 2016.
- Mayani, born in 2001. She was born in Barcelona, hand-reared in Stuttgart and arrived to Dublin Zoo in 2005 when she was four years old. It was a great success when the troop accepted her. Mayani is the most adventurous, inquisitive member of the troop and loves tasting new foods.
- Kambiri is 4 years old and was born in September 2011. Mayani gave birth to a beautiful baby girl gorilla days after they moved to their new home.
- Kafi, a beautiful and very intelligent young gorilla who arrived at the Gorilla Rainforest in August 2013 from Stuttgart Zoo in Germany. She is six years old.
- Newborn male, named Kitoko born in 2016. His mother is Lena and his father was Harry.
- Vana and Tebogo are half siblings that arrived from Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart in 2016. They were both born in 2012.