OUR GENTLE GIANTS
Gorillas have always fascinated zoo visitors. They are the largest of all primates—the group of animals that includes monkeys, lemurs, orangutans, chimpanzees, and humans. Gorillas are peaceful, family-oriented, plant-eating animals.
Can you imagine waking up each morning surrounded by food? Almost everything a gorilla eats is plant material, so life in the forest is like living in a huge restaurant! Gorilla food includes leaves, stems, fruits, seeds, and roots. And gorillas love to eat—it’s their favorite activity! An adult male eats up to 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of food each day. A gorilla’s large stomach can hold the bulky food it eats, and strong jaws help chew tough stems. The Safari Park’s gorillas are offered a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, plus banana and ficus leaves. Our newest gorilla was born at 9 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011, the first gorilla born at the Park since 2000. Monroe and his mother, Kokamo, can been seen on exhibit daily with the rest of the troop.
Just to the left of the gorilla habitat is our gorilla activity center. You can see how you measure up to an adult gorilla, listen to some of the sounds gorillas make, and watch a video about how we take care of these gentle giants.