Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is delighted to welcome the arrival of a new family of critically endangered western lowland gorillas.
The family of eight arrived on Wednesday from sister-park Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury.
This is Port Lympne’s second significant gorilla move this year and keepers are pleased by how successfully it went. Each of the gorillas were anaesthetized and checked by vets, before being safely transported in individual crates to their new home.
The new group is headed-up by Kouillou, a charismatic silverback who was orphaned in the rainforests of Africa in the early 1980s. He was captured by hunters and sold in the Republic of Congo to a dealer, before he was fortunately rescued and homed at Howletts, where he has thrived since.
Head Gorilla Keeper at Port Lympne, Phil Ridges says: "I am absolutely delighted to welcome this new arrival to our family group. Mumba and Djala are fantastic parents, very protective and caring and the little one is doing very well."