These are my favorite gorilla families.
Kibabu was a Western Lowland Gorilla who was born at Howletts Wild Animal Park on May 25, 1977. Kibabu was very prolific fathering 18 children who are spread around the world starting their own families. Together they are doing their part to help safeguard his critically endangered species from extinction.
Shabani is a male Western lowland gorilla, who was born at the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands, raised in Australia, and currently resides at the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan. He is known for being “The most handsome gorilla”. He is Kibabu’s son.
Bauwi is a male Western lowland gorilla, who was born at Apenheul Primate Park on July 19th 1989. He was transferred to Arnhem’s Burgers’ Zoo on March 29th, 1995. He is the head of a troop consisting of 4 females and has fathered 12 kids including a set of twins. He is also Kibabu’s son.
Haoko is a male Western lowland gorilla, who was born at the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands, raised in Australia, and currently resides at Ueno Zoological Gardens. Haoko lives with 4 females and has 3 children. He is also Kibabu’s son.
Oumbie is a male Western lowland gorilla, who was born at Howletts Wild Animal Park on June 30th 1992. He lived at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park from 1997 to 2009 before he was transferred to Twycross Zoo on Sept 2nd 2009. He is the head of a troop consisting of 3 females although he has only bred with one. He has fathered 3 boys.
Orangutans are the only red-haired apes. They live in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in southeast Asia. Their bodies are very well-designed for climbing trees with long arms and strong hands and feet for gripping branches. The Sumatran and Bornean species are both critically endangered because of the destruction of their rainforest home.
Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans. They live in the tropical forests and woodland savannas of West and Central Africa. Between 172,700 and 299,700 individuals are thought to be living in the wild, a decrease from about a million chimpanzees in the early 1900s.
The Bonobo also called the “pygmy chimpanzee” and less often, the “dwarf” or “gracile chimpanzee”, is an endangered great ape and one of the two species making up the genus Pan; the other is Pan troglodytes, or the common chimpanzee. The Bonobos look different from the Chimpanzees by their long legs, pink lips, dark face and parted long hair on its head.
Gorillas live in the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. There are four types of gorillas, western lowland gorilla, Cross River gorilla, mountain gorilla, eastern lowland gorilla. Gorillas are listed as critically endangered. The most endangered are the mountain gorillas with a population of just over 1,000. Those are the cute teddy bear looking ones in the picture above.
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