The San Francisco Zoological Society, originally named the Fleishhacker Zoo, was inaugurated in 1929 and is located between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean. Being member of the AZA, it is home to 700 animals of 200 species and covers a land area of 40 hectares. The zoo participates in more than 30 SSP programs, working to conserve species ranging from Madagascan radiated tortoises and reticulated giraffes to black rhinos and gorillas. Their first gorillas were a pair called Missus and Bwana. They arrived to San Francisco on October 21st 1959 directly from Cameroon and were the parents of the first baby gorilla born at the zoo, Kwanza Moja, who was born in May 1970 and died two years later.

Gorilla's outdoor enclosure at San Francisco Zoo is a grassy yard with a rock climbing structure. It has trees but the gorillas are not allowed to climb them as they are protected with a metal guard. Altought there is no indoor enclosure for public display, gorillas sleep at night on their bedrooms.

San Francisco Zoo keeps a group of six gorillas:

BAWANG

OSCAR JONESY

ZURA

N'NEKA

MONIFA

HASANI


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