The Scoop

Just like with your home, sometimes our animal's homes need repair. For the safety of our residents, and those working on the repairs, animals will be required to be in behind-the-scenes areas for the work to be done. Unfortunately that means you might not get to see them on your visit.

We'll try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. Please know that there are emergencies that might pop up.

Please be sure to check at the Admissions windows for the most current information.

Where is the Gorilla Family Today?

Tentative Schedule

Barika and her infant are now venturing out into the dayroom at The Downing Gorilla Forest. Mom and baby are accompanied by other members of the family group; Matt, Kivu and Kigali.

The location of the family group will be evaluated on a day to day basis. This could mean that the group is in a behind-the-scenes area on any given day and unavailable to greet guests.

Tentative Schedule*

  • Monday, August 22: Behind-the-Scenes
  • Tuesday, August 23: Behind-the-Scenes
  • Wednesday, August 24: Dayroom**
  • Thursday, August 25: Dayroom**
  • Friday, August 26: Behind-the-Scenes
  • Saturday, August 27: Dayroom**
  • Sunday, August 28: Dayroom**

*This schedule is subject to change at any time.
** Cleaning of the Dayroom will take place in the morning prior to family group coming out into the space, this may mean family does not appear until mid to late morning.

Animals Temporarily Off Exhibit

None at this time

Exhibits Temporarily Closed

None at this time

Attractions & Services Temporarily Closed

Baobab Cafe - Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley
Closed: Weekdays
Open: Weekends

Big Bear Watering Hole - North America
Closed: Saturday, August 20
Reopen: Saturday, August 27

Kookaburra Canteen - Australia and South America
Closed: Weekdays
Open: Weekends

Boat Rides - North America - If the heat index rises above 100o the boat rides may stop after 1:00 p.m. Closed if raining or lighting in the area.

Playground - The Downing Gorilla Forest - Closed when raining or just after it rains.

Animals Off Exhibit Long Term

Cobra, King - Amphibian & Reptiles
Return: Undetermined

Red Panda - Slawson Family Tiger Trek
Return: Undetermined

Tree Kangaroos - Australia & South America
Return: Undetermined

Exhibits Closed Long Term

None at this time

Attractions & Services Closed Long Term

None at this time

Anticipated Closures or Animals Going Off Exhibit

None at this time

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