Established in 1904, Johannesburg Zoo is a 81 hectares animal park that houses about 2000 individuals of 320 species, including white lions, siberian tigers or white oryx. The zoo has traditionally been owned and operated by the City of Johannesburg. However, it has recently been turned into a corporation and registered as a Section 21 non-profit organisation. The first gorillas imported by Johannesburg Zoo arrived to the park in June 1972, when a couple called Max and Sylvia came directly from the wild. Seven years later, Sylvia aborted the first and only baby gorilla born at the Johannesburg Zoo.

Currently, Johannesburg keeps one lonely male gorilla that shares his enclosure with peacocks and duikers. There are trees on the outdoor enclosure that are bordered with electric fencing to avoid any danger on breaking them down. Animals are separated from visitors with a river and an electric fence surrounding it.

Photo © Joyjos2002

Johannesburg Zoo keeps a lonely male western lowland gorilla:


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