Inaugurated in October 1862, Melbourne Zoo contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world. It is a full institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). It has a land area of 22 hectares where they keep about 5120 animals of 320 species. Rigo and Yuska, a couple of three years old gorillas were the first of their species to arrive at the park, in May 1973 from Cameroon. Eleven years after their arrival, Ya Kwanza was born in June 1984 to parents Yuska and Rigo and he became the first baby gorilla of the zoo.

The facility for gorillas is a 1600 m2 sanctuary that features wide-open spaces and climbing structures. There is no daytime indoor enclosure visible for visitors, but gorillas are given access to indoor areas off display in the late afternoons.

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Melbourne Zoo is home to a group of four gorillas:







Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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