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The Boston gorillas have a new home.
The six gorillas at Franklin Park Zoo have moved into a new, $9.1 million state-of-the-art outdoor gorilla habitat called Gorilla Grove, which opened on Tuesday.
Gorillas can traverse over 360,000 cubic feet of three-dimensional space among a waterfall, climbing vines, trees, and built-in foraging opportunities. The space was funded by anonymous donors, according to Zoo New England.
“We are thrilled to open Gorilla Grove, which will be an enriching experience not only for the gorillas, but also for our guests,” John Linehan, president and CEO of Zoo New England, said in a statement.
At the front of the habitat, guests can view scheduled training sessions with the animals in the zookeepers training area.
To get a closer look at the natural behaviors and social dynamics of the gorillas, guests can journey through corridors to an immersive central viewing outpost in the habitat.
The six gorillas living at the Franklin Park Zoo are Little Joe, Kitombe (Kit), Kit’s companion, Kiki, and their three descendants: Kambiri, Azize, and Pablo.
The New England Zoo is a longtime supporter of gorilla conservation and is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which helps ensure the survival of many threatened or endangered species in zoos and aquariums, such as the western lowland gorilla.
Customers can help endangered western lowland gorilla habitats in areas where cellphone materials are mined by dropping off unwanted cellphones for recycling through April 30 inside the zoo’s rainforest .
Gorilla Grove will provide guests with memorable, up-close experiences, according to the New England Zoo.
“We strive to reach people’s minds through their hearts to create empathy for wildlife and their natural habitats,” Linehan said in a statement. “By observing the tender moments between a mother gorilla and her baby, or gorilla siblings playing together, you develop a better understanding of the family dynamics and social structure of these animals. Through this opportunity, clients can also better understand the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem health.
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