Opened in March 1909, Kyiv Zoological Park is one of the largest zoos in the former Soviet Union and the only zoo in Kiev, Ukraine. Situated on about 40 hectares, the zoo is cared for by 378 staff members and keeps 1940 animals of 340 different species. In 1996 the zoo was admitted on the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, but in 2007 it was expelled from the association for breaking some rules. They imported the first gorillas in July 1975, when Petite Prince and Dora, a couple of two years old western lowland gorillas, arrived directly from Cameroon. They died in 1997 and 2004 respectively and since then, Toni (who arrived in 1999 from Germany), remains alone at the zoo.

The enclosure for gorillas was inaugurated in November 2014 to replace the old and small one, which was posible thanks to the funds raised by the USA actress Miss Hayden Panettiere. It consists on a 50 square meters indoor public bedroom provided with tree trunks and other kinds of enrichments. The outdoor yard, which has an area of 600 square meters, has sand as substrate, platforms and trees, and a pit, which is accesible to the gorilla, separates him from the visitors.
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Kyiv Zoo keeps a lonely silverback male:


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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