Formely known as the Miami MetroZoo, it is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida (it opened in July 1980), and the only tropical zoo in the United States. Accredited by AZA, It is located on the old Richmond Naval Air Station. Having over 100 exhibits, the zoo houses about 2,000 animals of 500 different species on 299 hectares. Zoo Miami imported its first gorilla in November 1981, when a young silverback called Ramar (currently at Brookfield Zoo) arrived from the Philadelphia Zoo and stayed there for three years. In 1983, Zoo Miami imported a new gorilla family from Gulf South Research Institute, formed by male Jimmie Gee, females Hope and Josephine and the son of this last one, Jimmy Jr. Soon after their arrival, Josephine got pregnant and gave birth in March 1984 to Moja, the first baby gorilla at Miami MetroZoo.

The enclosure for gorillas at Zoo Miami consists on a large grassy outdoor paddock with a pond in the middle. There are trees and ropes where gorillas can climb and there are some resting structures. Although there is no indoor enclosure on exhibit, gorillas rest during the night on their indoor bedrooms.

Zoo Miami keeps two gorillas:

SHANGO

BARNEY


JIMMY JR †

JOSEPHINE 



Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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