Category — Gorillas
So what’s in name, anyway? As it pertains to western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), quite a bit actually. Wild western lowland gorillas are a critically endangered species. Zoos do not take gorillas from the wild and have not for decades. Zoos do everything they can to protect wild gorillas. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (CZBG) has partnered with in situ gorilla research and conservation in the Republic of Congo for well over 12 years. Here at home zoos work incredibly hard to ensure we are doing the absolute best we can for our gorillas. All gorillas throughout North America are managed cooperatively through a group called the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP keeps track of all 350+ gorillas cared for in 52 different institutions. Every two years a comprehensive master plan is developed by combining data on genetics, individual gorilla personality, institutional input, and many other demographics to ensure we are able to properly managing this flagship species for many years into the future.
Zoo gorillas play a key role as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Through their strong appeal with zoo guests we are able to share fun facts and important conservation messages combined with action steps, giving our supporters a clearer view of the bigger picture. [Read more →]
March 5, 2013 8 Comments