The gorilla is the largest living primate. A gorilla must spend most of its day eating plants to maintain its large size. Despite its massive size and ferocious reputation, the gorilla is actually a peaceful and social animal. Gorillas and humans are close relatives, and share many things in common. They are very intelligent, have emotions and personalities, and live in family groups.
The Zoo supports the Mbeli Bai study located in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. Observations of western lowland gorillas have provided unique insights into their social organization and dynamics. Such information is important to determining the best course of action for gorilla conservation.
Meet a Gorilla Zookeeper
Meet Jomo (pictured above), our silverback. As the largest gorilla here at the Zoo, he’s quite an impressive sight.
Conduct your own investigations at the Wild Research Gorillas station to find out whether gorillas have friends, and more.
Drop off your old cell phone at the Zoo. Recycling it will reduce mining for coltan, an ore used in cell phones, in gorilla habitat and raise money for the Zoo’s Conservation Fund. Learn more about cell phone recycling and its benefits to African gorilla populations.
Make a Donation to the Cincinnati Zoo’s Conservation Fund