Gorillas are majestic, powerful yet gentle animals, and one of our closest living relatives. But they are in peril. All four subspecies of gorilla are under threat due to habitat loss, hunting, wildlife trade, and the spread of infectious disease.
Jersey Zoo has been home to western lowland gorillas for nearly 60 years. We have cared for three silverbacks and their families, and successfully bred over 20 individuals. As part of our commitment to the conservation of the species we bring gorilla rangers from Africa to Jersey each year to train with staff here.
The current zoo habitat boasts an extensive outside area where gorillas roam amongst natural vegetation. The indoor area, however, requires redevelopment. We have a bold and exciting plan for a major extension to the existing building, which will create:
- Two new, large exhibition dens, quadrupling the size of the existing areas. The interiors will feature a ‘biofloor’ with natural features within.
- An advanced, translucent roof that allows full natural daylight to flood in.
- A row of smaller dens where we can manage animals at close quarters.
- An additional, extensive outside area and bedroom dens, for their health and well being.
- A stunning visitor interpretation area, where gorillas pass overhead.
This development, utilising the latest construction methods, incorporates the best design features taken from modern gorilla builds around the world. It will provide an advanced gorilla home habitat, providing the optimum conditions for their welfare, not just for today but well into the future.