Gorillas Adjusting to New Gorilla Grove at Franklin Park Zoo

After many years of not being able to go outside, the gorillas of Franklin Park Zoo now have access to the outdoors thanks to the brand new Gorilla Grove, which opened in April. The gorillas have access to Gorilla Grove daily, starting between 9 and 10 am. But some visitors have noted they haven't seen the gorillas inside or outside. That's because gorillas may choose to spend time in an indoor area, not visible to the public, while they get used to their new home, said a statement from Zoo New England. "When first introduced to Gorilla Grove, some members of the troop, including Little Joe and Aziza, acclimated to the new space right away, while it took some of the others longer to get used to the space, which is quite different from their indoor habitat," said Zoo New England.

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New Outdoor Gorilla Habitat at Franklin Park Zoo

Come warm weather Franklin Park Zoo goers will get to see the troop of gorillas outside thanks to a new outdoor habitat. The new habitat 360,000 cubic feet habitat cost $8.1 million, and was made possible by generous donors who wish to remain anonymous. The funding for the new gorilla habitat, with restricted capital donations, was made prior to the start of the pandemic, according to a press release. Six gorillas currently call Franklin Park Zoo home. Little Joe, Kitombe (Kit), his mate Kiki and their three offspring – Kambiri, Azize and Pablo, a male gorilla born in October 2020.

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‘All for Australia’ Fundraiser at Franklin Park Zoo on Feb. 13

In response to the catastrophic bushfires in Australia, Zoo New England will host All for Australia, an evening ticketed fundraiser inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion on Feb. 13. Franklin Park Zoo is home to a number of animals native to Australia including red kangaroo, emu, Gouldian finch, black swan, tawny frogmouth, laughing kookaburra, Australian walking stick, blue-tongued skink, sulphur crested cockatoo, budgerigar, palm cockatoo, and more. All event proceeds will benefit Zoos Victoria’s Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund, which is supporting the critical care and long-term recovery of Australian wildlife. Tickets are $30 and include hors d'oeuvres, animal encounters, and musical performances by The Bag Family Band.

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How Many Species Are In Franklin Park? Beeee Part of Biodiversity Project

Staff of the Franklin Park Zoo are leading a project to count every species in Franklin Park -- and everyone is welcome to participate in the project!. We're talking the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, skunks and skunk cabbage -- and gorillas (they are in the zoo!). "As an organization committed to conservation, we want to educate and inspire people of all ages that we all play a role in healthy ecosystems. And, this starts right in our own backyard," said Dr. Eric Baitchman, Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation, who has Zoo New England staff in conducting seasonal surveys to record observations of wildlife. So far more than 660 species have been observed with the American robin leading the way with 39 observations. All of the project's observations are being recorded and presented on inaturalist.org.

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