Gorilla Island

Bristol Zoo Gardens is home to a family of seven western lowland gorillas: one silverback Jock, females Kera, Kala and Touni and youngsters Afia and Ayana. Kera gave birth to Afia who was born by emergency caesarean section in February 2016 and Touni gave birth to Ayana in April 2017. More recently in August 2020, Kala gave birth to the seventh member of the troop!

A £1million re-development of the gorilla house has seen it more than double the size of the exhibit for our growing family of gorillas, and has added a mind blowing 180 degree guest viewing area of these six magnificent animals.

Using heavy-duty toughened glass, our 32 stone silverback male gorilla Jock and the rest of the gorilla family are able to move above the heads of guests.

Come along to see the gorillas and immerse yourself in this unique, close-up experience - the only one of its kind in Europe! You can find out more about our western lowland gorillas here.

Join our gorilla keepers in the daily talk and feed, to learn more about our gorilla family and their wild cousins. Timings can be found on our What's On page. 

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