The Denver Zoo is an 80-acre (32 ha) facility located in City Park of Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1896, it is owned by the City and County of Denver and funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Denver zoo was started with the donation of an American black bear. With the construction of Bear Mountain, it became the first zoo in the United States to use naturalistic enclosures rather than cages with bars. It is accredited by AZA and is member of WAZA. On a land area of 32 hectare, they house 3700 animals of 640 species, including primates, fishes or hoofed mammals. Thomas, the first gorilla of Denver Zoo, arrived from Africa in October 1970 and he fathered Tambu, who, although she lived for 11 days after her birth in October 1975, became their first baby gorilla.
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The facility for gorillas ar Denver Zoo has public outdoor and indoor enclosures. The outdoor one is a big grassy prairie with a lot of blind spots that give gorillas privacy when they want to hide from visitors. There are a lot of trees, plants, tree truncks and rocks that gives a natural environment. There are three viewing points for gorillas: two of them
through a neet and a third window glass one. The indoor yard, with concrete as substratum, is provided with a lot of sticks ropes, hammocks and many other enrichments such as neumatics, balls or drums.

Denver Zoo keeps six gorillas in two different groups:

 GROUP 1

BASSA

JIM

TINGA

WHIMSIE ADEPA

 

GROUP 2

CURTIS

CHARLIE



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