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Fostering Finyezi: Western Lowland Gorilla Bonds with Surrogate Mom

Finyezi, born June 15, 2018, is nearing his first birthday – a year that has been complete with many milestones met! Shortly after Fin’s birth in June 2018, it was observed that his mother, Njole, was not providing maternal care for him. Following this observation, his caretaker’s made the decision to hand raise him behind-the-scenes - a rewarding job that ‘took a village’. Because gorillas are very social and complex animals, it was important for... Read More
at Friday, May 17, 2019
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Living the Bachelor Life - Understanding Gorilla Social Structure

An important social arrangement for gorillas is the bachelor group. A typical family has only one mature male and many females with offspring, so there will be quite a few males who find themselves without any lady friends. These males can either live a solitary life or hang out with other single males. In the wild, bachelor groups are usually loose associations, however, sometimes males will bond and form more permanent friendships. In zoos, bachelor groups are planned out well in advance.... Read More
at Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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Broken Bo: Tracing Gorilla Bo's Journey Back from a Break

Gorilla Bouendje (Bo), 12, developed a limp in his left leg on December 13, 2017, that was later identified as a tibia fracture after imagery confirmed the break. His initial treatments were documented in this previous blog post . Fourteen months later, he is able to move around his habitat with ease including running and jumping. The image below shows the healing process in action: Bo was behind-the-scenes for three months to allow him to heal in comfort. He was joined... Read More
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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Give for Gorillas Cellphone Challenge Results Announced

Thank you, Oklahoma City! The Give for Gorillas Cellphone Challenge saw 52 donations in November for a grand total of 154 devices and accessories given in 2018! What a great success and even greater environmental impact. All of the electronics donated to the Zoo will be disposed of following strict environmental guidelines by our partners at the ECO-CELL Recycling Program, which will then use the resulting parts to refurbish new phones to be sold in developing countries. Any devices... Read More
at Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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Answer the Call to Save Gorillas

Oklahoma City Zoo, conservation is in our nature. Is it in yours? The Zoo is looking to the community-at-large to help save gorillas by donating old or used cell phones to the Give for Gorillas Cell Phone Challenge. Schools, organizations, businesses or individuals are encouraged to collect as many cell phones and electronics as they can from now through November 30, in support of gorilla conservation. How can you help endangered gorillas? By participating in the Zoo's Give for... Read More
at Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Where are the Zoo's bachelor gorillas?

UPDATE (4/9/18): Additional X-ray imagery from Friday, April 6 showed continued healing and improvement in Bo’s leg. Depending on the weather and day, Bo has been with one of the other “bachelor” gorillas, George or Bakari, in the Great EscApe outdoor habitat area. They rotate so each gets time outside throughout the week and to spend time with Bo. Caretakers report that Bo is also going out for longer periods of time and tolerating that well. The vet team released him... Read More
at Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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