The Stars of Congo Gorilla Forest
We’ve had many births in Congo Gorilla Forest over the last 20 years, frequently as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan program. One of the stars of the exhibit, Ernie the silver-backed gorilla, successfully sired offspring in 2014 and 2015. Three males, Lincoln, Chase, and Kidogo Njemba, and two females, Kamara and Mjukuu.
These were exciting additions for us, because it highlights the long and successful history of the exhibit! The lineage of these five youngsters can be traced back to Timmy, one of the original silverback gorillas in the exhibit, and Triska, the first Bronx-born gorilla to reproduce.
Today you can see Ernie, his offspring, and the rest of our gorillas on exhibit in Congo Gorilla Forest. Stay for a while to observe the family dynamics at play between the youngsters, females, and Ernie on your next visit.