Glorious Gorillas

Animals & Gardens

September 23, 2022

The great care provided to the western lowland gorillas at Lincoln Park Zoo represents just a small amount of the innovative work our Animal Care staff, scientists, Veterinary staff and others do for this charismatic primate species. Now, in recognition of World Gorilla Day on September 24, we invite you to enjoy some videos about these amazing apes and how the zoo helps them both here and in the wild.

Caring for Gorillas

In this episode of Stay Tuned to the Zoo, learn all about how the zoo cares for the gorillas—and how they participate in their own care, too! Keep watching to the end for an activity you can do at home to mimic these positive reinforcement sessions:

G Is for Goualougo

Lincoln Park Zoo researchers have been helping to save great apes in the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo as part of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project for more than 20 years! In this pristine region, chimpanzees and gorillas live together in the same ecosystem. In this episode of ABCs of the Zoo: G for Goualougo, learn all about this incredible research and how you can help protect great apes.

Mischievous Mondika

Of course, this wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t include a video of one of the resident gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes. Here’s Mondika in 2020, showing off his climbing skills. Mondika is named after a field site in the Goualougo Triangle that features three habituated groups of apes and is becoming a great ape tourism site.

If you’d like to support the great apes at the zoo all year long, consider providing the gorillas with a new feeder through the Wish List or ADOPTing a western lowland gorilla. And don’t forget to Take Action With Us by purchasing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products and help protect great ape habitats.