Gorillas Voted #1

Gorillas Voted Every other year at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan they conduct a vote among the public for the most popular animals at the zoo. This year for the first time in 46 years the gorillas were voted number one. Koalas were number two with elephants taking the third spot. Visitors cast 19,316 ballots from Oct. 6 to Nov. 4. Gorillas secured 2,376 votes, with Koalas gaining 2,039 votes and elephants 1,873. Visitors were able to select up to three species on each voting slip which they were able to submit upon entrance to the zoo. In the beginning, the contest was held every two to four years. But in 1986 it was changed to once every two years, with the top 10 animals announced to the public. The koalas and elephants have been consistently the winners of this popularity contest over the years. Interestingly enough,…

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Mountain Gorilla Status Downgraded

The mountain gorilla had been included on an endangered “Red List” published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN. They were listed as “critically endangered.” This organization maintains a rating system that determines the threat posed to individual species, where categories range from Least Concern (LC) to Extinct (EX). On November 14, 2018, the IUCN downgraded their status to “endangered.” According to results just released by the IUCN, the mountain gorilla population living in the Virunga mountains has grown— from 480 total individuals in 2010 to 604 as of June 2016! Combined with a separate mountain gorilla population living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, this brings the number of mountain gorillas to more than 1,000 individuals. This small step is due partially to intense conservation efforts and certainly a cause for celebration.

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N’djia moved to Campo Gorilla at LA Zoo

N’djia moved to Campo Gorilla at LA Zoo
Photo by Lori Conley

New to Campo Gorilla at LA Zoo - N'djia (24) was born on December 31st 1994 at San Diego Safari Park. Her parents are Kamilah and Winston. At 8 yrs old she was moved from San Diego Safari Park to San Diego Zoo where she lived with her half-brother Paul Donn and his family. In early June 2018 she moved again to the Campo Gorilla Reserve at the LA Zoo. This move was based on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) between N'djia and the silverback Kelly (31) who is already a father of two. By all accounts N'djia, while being a smaller gorilla in size, is quite a spitfire with a spunky personality. Rapunzel (34) immediately bonded with N'djia and took her under her wing. It took Evelyn (42) a little longer but she can be seen sitting with N'djia now. The romance with Kelly started slow and cautiously on…

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