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Western lowland gorilla

Celebrate World Gorilla Day

Franklin Park Zoo

September 24, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Have an ape-solutely wild time at the Zoo in honor of World Gorilla Day.

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Included with general Zoo admission. No additional purchase or reservation is required for Zoo members. Event takes place rain or shine!

Stop by the 2:00 p.m. keeper chat to meet a zookeeper who cares for the western lowland gorillas and learn more about the troop. Franklin Park Zoo is home to six gorillas, including Little Joe, Kitombe (Kit), his mate Kiki and their three offspring – Kambiri, Aziza and Pablo, a male gorilla born in October 2020.

Help gorillas by recycling your old phone or tablet

By recycling your phone, you help protect animals that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined. Help us by donating your electronic device at Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo, or better yet, start your own collection drive!

Just For Fun:

Learn more about Zoo New England's deep commitment to gorilla conservation, and more importantly, what you can do to help save this species. 

Committed to Conservation

Cross-River Gorilla Conservation
Zoo New England is also proud to partner with the Wildlife Conservation Society on a project to conserve and protect Cross-River gorillas ­– a sub-species of the western lowland gorilla and the most threatened ape in Africa. 

Ape TAG Conservation Initiative
We're proud to be part of the Ape TAG Conservation Initiative, a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of endangered apes in their natural habitats.
Projects range from species monitoring and protection to law enforcement, ecotourism, and veterinary and disease monitoring. 

Species Survival Plan
Zoo New England is committed to the conservation of gorillas and is a longtime participant in the Western Lowland Gorilla Species Survival Plan, 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.