A spectacular new lakeside retreat provides the perfect natural habitat for Longleat’s newest residents… a band of lowland Gorillas.
Overlooking half-mile lake the gorillas have now set up home and can be seen roaming amongst a spacious grassland area which includes trees, logs and even a waterfall!
See these magnificent animals from on-board the Jungle Cruise. A perfect vantage point to catch the boys at play!
Kesho - "The General"
Age: 14 years
The dominant male of the group, kesho is a silverback gorilla meaning he rules the roost. his impressive grey hair makes him stand out alongside his two younger brothers, alf and evindi. his massive size makes him a match for anyone!
Evindi - "The Explorer"
Age: 7 years
The adventurer of the group, evindi is always put forward to test anything new out… whether it be a new log to climb along or rope to swing off! he loves to eat pineapple and considered the handsome member of the family. it’s hard not to love him, however mischievous he is!
Alf - "The Clever One"
Age: 10 years
Alf is a steady but cautious gorilla. he’ll never be too far from his younger brother evindi whom he loves to chase and play with. he also has a fondness for peanuts!
Boulas - "Butch"
Age: 26 years
The second large silverback in the group, Boulas certainly lets his presence known to visitors and can often be seen beating his chest and showing off his muscles to display his authority! Boulas also likes his food and will eat almost anything and everything available to him.
Fun Gorilla Facts
- You’re closer to a gorilla than you think! we share almost 99% of the same DNA as them.
- Think gorillas are ferocious? In fact they’re quite peaceful creatures, using a wide range of facial expressions to communicate with each other.
- The Western Lowland Gorillas can grow to 1.8m tall and weigh up to 270kg – that’s up to 4 times the weight of human!