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Congo Gorilla Forest


Gorillas are among our closest relatives in the wild and that’s pretty clear watching ours. From cautious to playful to nurturing, each has a unique personality. It's always a thrill to see them interact.

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Open year-round. During the colder months, animals may not be in their outdoor habitats, but you can still visit gorillas indoors.


Additional $6 with Limited Admission Ticket.

Please note – due to state mandated capacity restrictions, exhibit line may close earlier if there is a wait time of 30 min. or more.


  • Assistive Listening
  • Rough Terrain
  • Steep Hill
  • Touch Exhibit
  • Wheelchair Accessible

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Big Plans

WCS scientists started studying mountain gorillas in the field in1959. Bringing that work to zoo visitors was, and is, an important part of our mission. Congo Gorilla Forest was built as a groundbreaking, participatory exhibit, connecting field work to the work happening at the Bronx Zoo. Whether watching the animals on exhibit, or participating in an education class in the unique program space, Congo Gorilla Forest has inspired countless visitors.

A forest of Diversity

Gorillas share their habitat with a tremendous variety of other wildlife, and you’ll encounter those animals during your visit, including okapis, red river hogs, mandrills, and many other species.

Space to Explore

Congo Gorilla Forest spans 6.5 acres. The exhibit trail visitors walk is approximately ⅓ of a mile long. Nearly 400 species of plants are displayed in the exhibit, ranging from 50 ft tall trees to orchids.

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In the Exhibit


Mandrills are one of the largest monkey species and among the most colorful. Their bright colors signify dominance - the most dominant males in the troop are the most brightly colored.


In the wild, okapi are rarely seen by humans, but are threatened by illegal hunting. WCS helped establish the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo in 1992.

Red River Hog

Typically found in large social groups, red River hogs are native to forested areas in central and southern Africa.

More Animals in Congo Gorilla Forest





This exhibit is about people — people getting involved. People learning about conservation. People taking action to protect and give a future to some of our most beloved animal species.”

William Conway
Past President of WCS

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