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The characteristics we share with other primates are amazing and entreat us to appreciate and conserve these wonderful creatures. Gorilla World invites visitors to explore the world of the endangered gorilla, one of our closest relatives, and asks them to consider how their actions impact the survival of this great primate.

Built in 1978, Gorilla World was one of the first large naturalistic primate exhibits in the world. Upon entering the outdoor exhibit space, the visitor is immersed in a simulated African jungle. Several open viewing areas provide the chance to see many individuals of the Zoo’s large troop from various angles. Other African primates reside in nearby exhibits.

WRlogoAt the Gorilla Wild Research Station, visitors become investigators, asking questions such as do gorillas have friends and where do they like to hang out. They can also take a personality quiz to find out which gorilla they are most like, and try out their gorilla communication skills. Wild Research is a partnership between Miami University’s Project Dragonfly and the Zoo funded by the National Science Foundation.

Gorilla World Indoor Expansion Coming!


In late 2017, visitors will be able to see their favorite gorillas all year long as part of the Gorilla World expansion.

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Our Gorilla Family


ashleyashcraft3Birthdate: 8/29/2015

Parents are Anju and Jomo.  This is Anju’s first baby and the 50th gorilla born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden since 1970.


monaBirthdate: 8/04/2014

Parents are Asha and Jomo.  Mondika (Pronounced Mondeeka)  is the name of an area in the Republic of Congo that habituates western lowland gorillas for up close observation, research and eco tourism.  Mondika is very curious and sociable. As any baby this young Mondika is totally dependent on her mother Asha to protect her.  She is at the age where everything is discovery, but is always within an arm’s reach of her mother.


gladysBirthdate: 1/29/2013

Raised by surrogate humans and later introduced to surrogate gorilla moms M’Linzi and Mara. Gladys is a very well adjusted, confident and curious little gorilla.  Although she still depends on her surrogate mother M’Linzi to provide her a safe home, she readily explores on her own and engages all members of her group by initiating play.



Jomo headBirthdate:  07/18/1991

Jomo is a silverback gorilla and father to Mona and Elle. He is a super dad and also is the largest gorilla; twice as big as the adult females. The females in his group look to him for protection and leadership.


Samantha headBirthdate:  01/31/1970

Samantha hangs out near caves, also in grassy area under tree, left of stream.  Pink spot on lower lip, looks like tongue sticking out.  Grayest hair of the group (she’s the oldest) 


Mlinzi_headBirthdate:  12/07/1982

Mother of Mara and surrogate mother to Gladys.  She has a large, harmless lump on her chin and a  low brow that makes it look like she’s frowning.  She sits up on the tree and holds her hand to her head often. 


Mara_headBirthdate:  08/13/1995

Daughter of M’Linzi and second mom to Gladys.   She sits on the tree a lot and often likes to be alone.  She has puffy gray sideburns, is smaller than other females with a lanky thin body.


AshaHeadShotBirthdate:  12/04/2002

Asha is very outgoing and moves around the entire exhibit.  She has mostly dark black hair and is larger than most of the other females. Asha is very confident and a strong leader.  She is socially savvy and knows how to use her high status as a mother with the silverback to get him to back her in whatever she wants. She’s an excellent mother and is very protective her baby.


Anju 3Birthdate: 04/27/2001

Anju is shy and can be hard to spot.  She has very gray course looking hair, Wrinkles on her forehead and is larger than most of the other females.


Chewie headBirthdate:  09/17/1995

Chewie is an active gorilla who travels around the yard a lot and climbs into moat.  She has lots of rings and wrinkles around her eyes and nose and lots of black hair.