The new gorilla troop at Audubon Zoo.
The Audubon Zoo introduced its new Western lowland gorilla troop on March 1, 2018. The troop mirrors how gorillas structure their social groups in the wild, with a single adult male and multiple females. The Western lowland gorilla, native to the rainforests of central Africa, is considered a critically endangered species due to poaching and a wild habitat that is gradually being encroached upon by industry.
Meet the Troop
- Okpara: nicknamed "Okie" is the only male. Okpara, arrived in December 2017 from New England's Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, the result of a long-term, inter-zoo gorilla gender-matching plan overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The plan, known as the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, tracks the various personalities, genetics and other traits of gorillas raised in captivity to determine which animals would make the best matches.
- Tumani: an 11-year-old female moved to New Orleans in 2017 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.
- Praline: a 22-year-old female was the last gorilla born at Audubon Zoo.
- Alafia: a 27-year-old female from the Los Angels Zoo is the newest member of the gorilla troop.
Come visit the new gorillas in the World of Primates at Audubon Zoo and to take your own steps to protect the species by recycling old cell phones and other electronics. The Western lowland gorilla's native habitat in Africa is shrinking due in part to mining of a metallic ore called coltan, a key ingredient in manufacturing batteries, including the kind found in our phones.
Have old phones and electronics laying around the house? Don't throw them out; bring them to Audubon Zoo, which collects electronics for recycling! Those little things you can do to make a big difference in the world!