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Celebrate Kambiri & Kimani's Birthday

Franklin Park Zoo

Sunday, November 10, 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Two of Franklin Park Zoo’s western lowland gorilla sisters, Kimani and Kambiri, have birthdays in November and you’re invited to their party! The gorilla exhibit will be festively decorated and the troop will enjoy treats made especially for them.

Learn even more about gorillas during a zookeeper encounter at 10:30 a.m. and at our Education Station, where you can also sign a giant birthday card for the girls! 

Kimani, who is 14 years old, will soon be moving to the San Francisco Zoo to start a family of her own, helping to preserve this critically endangered species – a move recommended by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Gorilla Species Survival Plan. The birthday party is a great opportunity to see her before she leaves and wish her well in this exciting new phase of her life.

Learn even more about gorillas during a zookeeper encounter at 10:30 a.m. and at our Education Station, where you can also sign a giant birthday card for the girls!

The gorillas will go on exhibit at 10:15 a.m. 

Committed to Conservation

What makes a great birthday gift for a gorilla? Recycle an old cell phone in their honor at the Zoo! Recycling your phone helps to protect gorillas. Coltan, used in the production of cell phones, is mined from central African forests right in the gorillas’ habitat. By recycling cell phones, the need for additional coltan mining is reduced, and in turn, so is habitat destruction. Guests to Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo can drop off their old cell phones, which are recycled through the Eco-Cell program.

Zoo New England is a longtime and active participant in the Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs help to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered and enhance conservation of these species in the wild.

Just for Fun

  • Interested in giving a gift in honor of our gorillas' birthday? Visit our wish list to see items we are requesting, as well as learn why enrichment is so important at the Zoo!Come dressed for the occasion, and print your own gorilla mask in our Kids' Corner!
  • Zoodopt a western lowland gorilla! Zoodopts support the care and feeding of our animals, and with each purchase, we'll bring a little of the Zoo to you! While supplies last, zoodopt a limited edition mother and baby plush pair!
  • Read more about gorillas in our endangered species picture books.
  • Learn more about the gorilla family.
  • Color a gorilla.
  • Learn more about western lowland gorillas.