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Gorilla Kingdom outdoor habitat - March 2008

Whole island planted out with new grasses. Edge of moat returfed and a large stretch of land in the foreground protected with hotwire as a result. View from 'gorilla field station' as you exit walk-through flight. Colobus cage just out of view to the left.

Gorilla Kingdom outdoor habitat - March 2008
johnstoni, 21 Mar 2008
    • johnstoni
      Whole island planted out with new grasses. Edge of moat returfed and a large stretch of land in the foreground protected with hotwire as a result. View from 'gorilla field station' as you exit walk-through flight. Colobus cage just out of view to the left.
    • CZJimmy
      It looks like they've added a lot more trees to the island in the year since i last visited. I think there were 3 then...
    • JamesB
      yes, defintely new trees have been planted
    • snowleopard
      I'm assuming that the general public loves this exhibit, as London's attendance has shot up to the highest its been in many years.
    • reduakari
      Okay, more stumps were added, and more grass.... That foreground "tree" is one of the ugliest things ever perpetrated in any zoo, ever. Still a sorry attempt to create an "African rainforest," by a zoo still clinging to the memory of past greatness (19th century). I'm sorry, London was given far superior plans for a gorilla habitat that were obviously ignored in favor of this joke.
    • Dan
      Very bad, I agree. Though not as shockingly bad as the new "Gorilla Island" at Kolmården Zoo in Sweden - a zoo that has been a forerunner in animal welfare ever since its creation in the 1960s. Which is why I am so appalled by the new enclosure. I wrote the zoo about it but received no answer:

      http://www.zoochat.com/472/new-gorilla-island-kolm-rden-zoo-48163/

      As a Swede, I am ashamed that this outdoor gorilla enclosure is allowed to exist in my country. I simply cannot believe it!
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