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Gorilla Family

  • About Pablo:

    Pablo was born on October 14, 2020 is Kiki and Kitombe’s fifth baby and first son! Pablo was a very large gorilla baby, weighing 6 pounds at birth. He is very strong and growing so fast. One thing you might notice is his happy face – he looks like he’s smiling all the time! Pablo is still very young, so he rides on Kiki’s leg to get around and is starting to try different foods like banana!

  • About Kiki:

    Kiki is an excellent mom who is very patient and attentive to her kids, especially her new baby boy, Pablo! Pablo is Kiki’s first boy, and she proudly shows him off to the male gorillas. Kiki allows her older daughters to babysit for Pablo often, but only if they're gentle. Kiki likes to make nests out of hay to sleep in at night, and she loves grapes!


  • About Little Joe:

    Little Joe gets along well with the other gorillas, and he's curious and intelligent. He has proven the easiest gorilla to train and the quickest learner. Little Joe is especially good at figuring out how to get food out of puzzle feeders.

  • About Kambiri:

    Kambiri was born in November of 2010 and is Kiki and Kitombe's third daughter. Kambiri's younger sister is Aziza, and her younger brother is Pablo. Kambiri loves to babysit her younger brother and practice being a mom. Kambiri loves oatmeal!

  • About Aziza:

    Aziza was born in May of 2015 and is Kiki and Kitombe’s fourth daughter. Aziza is full of personality, and she loves to follow Little Joe around to see what he’s up to. You'll likely see her playing with her older sister or younger brother during your visit to the Tropical Forest. Pears are Aziza's favorite treat!

Meet the gorilla family in the Tropical Forest at Franklin Park Zoo!

See This Animal At the Zoo

Kimani, Kambiri and Azize are Kitombe (Kit) and Kiki’s offspring, all born here at Franklin Park Zoo. Kimani and Kambiri have lived with Little Joe their entire lives and seem to view him as a big brother. Kit is great with his offspring and can often be seen playing with Kambiri.

About the Western Lowland Gorilla


Geographic Range:


Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Gorilla 
Species: gorilla
Subspecies: gorilla

Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates. Male western lowland gorillas can grow to 5.5-feet tall and weigh up to 450 pounds. Females can grow to 4.5-feet tall and weigh up to 250 pounds. Western lowland gorillas live in groups, or “bands” in or near African forests. The alpha male leads the band and those who challenge him are apt to be cowed by impressive shows of physical power—he may throw things, make aggressive charges, pound his huge chest while barking out powerful hoots, or unleash a frightening roar.

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