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Old 04-08-2008

July 2008.
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Now that is a real gorilla kingdom!! London Zoo take note!!
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The Bronx Zoo's gorilla habitats are #1 in North America, and must be highly regarded worldwide. I've seen photos of London Zoo's Gorilla Kingdom and it is a bit of a joke. Plus London only has 3-4 gorillas while Bronx has 24 apes at all stages of life.
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This gorilla exhibit looks great. It makes me very happy to see such a nice natural home for the gorillas! Do they have 24 gorillas in one family group?
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There are two separate troops.
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Congo Gorilla Forest is now a decade old, and there is no zoo on the planet that has replicated such a brilliant exhibit. I'm sure that someone could spend hours there just watching the interaction with the gorilla troops!
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Although much of what makes this exhibit great is in our design, I should point out for fairness that this is THE MOST EXPENSIVE ZOO EXHIBIT ever created. Entire zoos have been opened from scratch at less expense!

Perhaps Jon Coe put it best when he said to me that he doubted that anyone would ever do such a thing again. (Jon was not on the design team, of course, but he did pay attention)
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How much did the exhibit cost? There are still some dollars floating around for zoos, as evidenced by the $54 million Great Southern Oceans at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, $50 million on Amazon and Beyond at the Miami Metrozoo, and the $125 million Oregon Zoo bond for polar bear, chimpanzee and elephant enclosures. However, the current economic crisis might make it difficult for a few years...
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How much did the exhibit cost? There are still some dollars floating around for zoos, as evidenced by the $54 million Great Southern Oceans at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, $50 million on Amazon and Beyond at the Miami Metrozoo, and the $125 million Oregon Zoo bond for polar bear, chimpanzee and elephant enclosures. However, the current economic crisis might make it difficult for a few years...
Can't really say...for various reasons. I will say that the budget figure was $45million (1999) and that is laughable.
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Very impressive photo's Snowleopard! Is the Congo Gorilla's Forest divided into two parts for the groups? And is it a mixed habitat with other species? Hope you don;t mind all the questions!
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Old 26-01-2009

Congo Gorilla Forest has several exhibits, including okapi, red river hog/mandrills, pygmy marmosets, colobus monkeys, and the two outstanding gorilla enclosures. Somewhere in the Bronx Zoo photo gallery is a photo of a map of the entire area, and I don't mind all the questions at all and in fact encourage them!
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Very impressive photo's Snowleopard! Is the Congo Gorilla's Forest divided into two parts for the groups? And is it a mixed habitat with other species? Hope you don;t mind all the questions!
The major outdoor areas are:
Black and white colobus
okapi
mandrill/red river hog/guenon (the only mixed species outdoor exhibit)
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There are quite a number of indoor exhibits as well
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Old 26-01-2009

Snowleopard or Zooplantman, is there a particular reason why marmosets are in Congo?

It seems a shame that there are south american animals amongst the great theming efforts of the rest of the exhibit.
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I was thinking that, seems a bit odd.
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Snowleopard or Zooplantman, is there a particular reason why marmosets are in Congo?

It seems a shame that there are south american animals amongst the great theming efforts of the rest of the exhibit.
There is a section inside where people can learn a bit about primates. They can stand next to a profile of a gorilla and really see how big he is, weigh themselves compared to a gorilla, and see the smallest primate alive, pygmy marmosets. So it's the one diversion from Africa in order to better help people grasp what primate the family is.
 


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