Arrival of three adult gorillas marks ‘a new chapter’ for Woodland Park Zoo

Jun 14, 2022, 10:05 AM | Updated: 10:05 am
Photo from KIRO 7...
Photo from KIRO 7

 The Woodland Park Zoo announced the addition of three adult western lowland gorillas Monday, who will form a new family group at the zoo.

Olympia, 26, and Jamani, 22, are both females from the North Carolina Zoo. Nadaya, 22, a male gorilla also known as a silverback, arrived from the Saint Louis Zoo.

The zoo says it plans for these three gorillas to form a family unit with Jumoke, a 37-year-old female who has been with Woodland Park Zoo since she was born. Jumoke, who has three offspring, has been living alone since her male companion, Vip, died last year due to age-related medical issues.

“Bringing in a new gorilla is always exciting, but three gorillas moving here at the same time opens up even more possibilities and a new chapter for us at Woodland Park Zoo,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “Since Vip’s death last year, we had been consulting with the Gorilla Species Survival Plan to find gorillas who were of compatible age and personality to become companions for Jumoke. We have high hopes that Olympia, Jamani, and Nadaya will successfully socialize with Jumoke and provide companionship, stability and a natural grouping.”

Visitors to the zoo will likely be able to visit the new gorillas in a few weeks, once they’re introduced to their outdoor public habitat after they clear quarantine.

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Arrival of three adult gorillas marks ‘a new chapter’ for Woodland Park Zoo