Encompassing 287 hectares, the Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. It opened August 15, 1974, as the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and is owned by the City of Toronto. It is divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain. Some animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in what would be their naturalistic environments. The zoo, member of CAZA and WAZA, is currently home to over 5,000 animals (including invertebrates and fish) representing over 450 species. In 1974, the zoo imported its first gorillas, which was a reproductive group that arrived from Africa and from other zoos, including Charles, the current silverback of the zoo. One of the females, Samantha, gave birth in November 1980 to Natasha, who became the first of this species to born at the park.

Apart from the outdoor enclosure and the indoor bedrooms, the Zoo opened in 2001 the Gorilla Rainforest, the world’s largest indoor habitat for Lowland Gorillas, which is placed into a building called African Rainforest Pavilion. The outdoor enclosure, as well as the indoor bedroom, are provided with a lot of ropes and wooden platforms as enrichment for gorillas.
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Toronto Zoo keeps seven gorillas in two groups:

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