Located on St. George's Island and inaugurated in 1929, Calgary Zoo was among the first zoos in Canada to be accredited by the three associations AZA, WAZA and CAZA. It is home to 800 animals (excluding fishes and insects) of 120 different species. Their first gorillas, imported from Congo on February 14th 1962, were two young two years old males called Tuffi and Schorsch. The following year, in August 1963, the first female arrived, Toni, but it wasn't till 1980 when they got their first gorilla baby, and 13 years later, in January 1993, Mbundi was born and he became the first successfull birth. His parents are Tabitha* and Kakinga.

The gorilla facility at Calgary Zoo has a big outdoor prairie with a lot of tree trunks, ropes and rocks that allow gorillas climbing through the whole enclosure. There are different viewing areas for visitors, including a viewing area above the enclosure with no glass separating you from the animals. There is an indoor winter yard used in cold days which has high glass pannels to separate the visitors from the animals.
Calgary Zoo keeps currently a group of five gorillas:

ZURI

KIOJA

DOSSI

YEWANDE

KIMANI


TABITHA †

JULIA †

DONGE †

KAKINGA †


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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