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Zoological Society of London is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It was opened on April 27th 1828 and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Today it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 16,802 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. This zoo is member of many organizations such as BIAZA, WAZA and EAZA and participates in some EEP programs. The first tryal for London Zoo to keep gorillas was in October 1887, when a male arrived to the park from a public display. In July 1976, Salome, currently living at Bristol, was born to parents Lomie and Samson, and she became the first gorilla baby born at London Zoo.

Gorillas enclosure, called Gorilla Kingdom, was opened by HRH Duke of Edinburgh in March 2007 and consists of a large, moated island with an indoor part.

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London Zoo keeps a group of five gorillas (silverback Kumbuka):











Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):
Gorilla Family - London (2015)

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