Brightly coloured, artist imagined, life-size gorilla sculptures placed across the island leading people on a trail of discovery, not only to see the gorillas themselves, but the nature in which they are placed.

Discover our silverback gorillas

Why Gorillas?

Gorillas are majestic, powerful yet gentle animals, and one of our closest living relatives. But they are in peril.

Gorillas in the wild have been pushed to the brink of extinction due to habitat loss, hunting, wildlife trade and the spread of infectious disease. Jersey Zoo has been home to these majestic apes for 60 years, successfully breeding them and training conservationists to protect these gentle giants.

Go Wild Gorillas is a celebration of the remarkable work achieved at Jersey Zoo and in the wild to protect threatened species from extinction. Educating the next generation and inspiring them to be better connected to nature is pivotal to Durrell’s mission to significantly improve the fortunes of threatened wildlife around the world.

To celebrate 60 years of gorillas at Jersey Zoo you are encouraged to go bananas to help make our Gorilla Grand Design dreams a reality. You can help create a much needed, state-of-the-art, home to care for our beloved gorilla family.

Helping to create a wilder, healthier, more colourful world for future generations.

Our Gorilla Family



Badongo is our resident silverback gorilla. it’s his responsibility to protect the group from perceived threats and maintain order, intervening when there are squabbles. Badongo’s mother, Virunga, is one of the last gorillas in any European zoo to have been born in the wild and therefore his children will make important contributions to the gorilla gene pool in zoos.



Bahasha is our youngest adult female. She arrived in Jersey in 2001 from Melbourne Zoo, and since then her confidence has gradually grown. Today she enjoys a central role within the group. She has been an enthusiastic playmate to younger gorillas here, and we hope that one day she will have offspring of her own.


Hlala Kahili

Hlala Kahilli is the daughter of Jambo, Durrell’s first silverback. She grew up surrounded by her many siblings. She has a quiet, self-assured nature and has always charmed and bonded with any new male joining the Durrell gorilla group. In 2012 she gave birth to her fourth offspring, Indigo, Badongo’s first child.



Kishka is the oldest gorilla at Durrell. She had a daughter with Durrell’s first silverback, Jambo. Despite her gentle, unassuming nature, Kishka is a strong and stable character. Following the death of Jambo in 1992 she took on a matriarchal role, helping the family through the period of transition.


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