Lowland Gorillas come to the Houston Zoo

If you are in Texas, do not miss out to have a wonderful time with your family, particularly kids, as Houston has a large 55 acre zoological park housing more than 6000 animals. It is indeed a very large zoo visited by nearly 1.8 million people yearly. Houston Zoo has a mission that aims to spread knowledge and appreciation for the animals and the world at large.

There is something new and exciting for the people of the state as the zoo unveils the brand new enclosure built to house a family of gorillas. It is after a gap of more than a decade that this historic zoo is home to the great ape. This new enclave is nearly 2 acres in size and it has cost the zoo administration a whopping $28 million to erect it. This enclave simulates the natural living conditions of these gorillas that have been brought here from western lowlands of central and western Africa.

This enclave will give visitors to the zoo a chance to see the great ape from close quarters and kids can learn a lot by observing them in their exhibit. This family of 7 gorillas will have one male and three females. There are also 3 more bachelor gorillas to make it a goof atmosphere for the apes. This family of gorillas has been made neighbors of a family of hogs. Three red river hogs share the enclave with the gorillas. Though the two species did not like each other’s presence at first, they seem to be getting along well at the moment.

David Brady, the executive VP of Houston Zoo, is obviously a very elated and satisfied man today. He says that the massive efforts and money that was pumped in to build the enclave for the gorillas is well worth spending as it will allow many millions of kids and their parents a chance to see the great ape live.
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