Founded by J. W. B. Gunning, the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (also known as Pretoria Zoo) is an 85-hectare zoo that was inaugurated on October 21st 1899. Its big area converts this zoo in the largest one of South Africa and is home to about 9000 animals of 700 different species, including fishes, mammals, reptils and birds, including fur seals, zebras, tigers, cheetahs, chimpanzees or elephants between many others. Their first gorillas were a wild caught couple that arrived from Congo in January 1964. Their names were Bongo and Congolene and they died few months after their arrival. One of their females, Betty, got pregnant twice from Hobbit. Her first baby, called Maswi Dianne, was a female born in October 1989 that died six days later due to a brain trauma. Her second baby was a male born in August 1990 that lived for seven days. Those two baby gorillas are, as up to date, the only births of this species at Pretoria Zoo.

Gorillas' enclosure has an outdoor prairie and an indoor part, which has ropes and hammocks to provide the gorillas some high resting points. Visitors can observe gorillas at the indoor house through big glass pannels.
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Pretoria Zoo is home to a bachelor group of four young male gorillas:

BOSENGA

BINGA

ASALI

LOUIE


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

 Gorilla Family - Pretoria

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