Sitting at the mouth of the Trout River, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens occupies approximately 45 hectare and has over 2,000 animals in its collection. The zoo is active in animal conservation, participating in over 20 SSP and is acredited by the AZA. It is divided in different theme areas, including Plains of East Africa (highlighting African Savannah animals), Great Apes of the World (featuring 3 of the 4 Great Apes) and Australian Outback (including lorikeets, cassowarys, and kangaroos). The first gorillas that arrived to Jacksonville Zoo was a bachelor group of four adult males. It was in February and March 1998 and they came from Omaha, Saint Louis and Busch Gardens. Eleven years later, in 2009, they imported two females (Bulera and Madini) from Lincoln Zoo to join Quito and form a family group. In 2014, Madini gave birth to the first baby gorilla at Jacksonville, but died the day after.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens keeps a group of seven gorillas:

LASH

RUMPELSTILLS

BULERA

MADINI THAMANI

KUMBUKA

GEORGE

PATTY


QUITO †


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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