The Calgary Zoo introduces its new male western lowland gorilla

Posted on September 17

The Calgary Zoo announced that its new male western lowland gorilla, “Jasiri”, has finished his 3-month quarantine and made his public debut in the TransAlta Rainforest.

The zoo released a short video about Jasiri’s journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opcMmvp_QY4&feature=youtu.be

“Our Animal Care team has gotten to know Jasiri over the past 3-months, and he has stolen our hearts”, said Jamie Dorgan Director of Animal Care for the Calgary Zoo.  “Introductions with our five female gorillas will take place slowly over the next few months.  We appreciate our visitors’ patience when we occasionally close the building for short periods of time to give the troop space and quiet for these introductions.”

Jasiri was born at Zoo Atlanta on June 21, 1998 and arrived at the Calgary Zoo in mid-June after many years of planning and preparation.  The previous Silverback, “Kakinga”, lived at the Calgary Zoo for 32-years before his death from age-related causes in Spring 2016.

In the wild, western lowland gorillas are found in the forests of Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Central African Republic and are critically endangered.

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, and the wild population is decreasing significantly every year due to habitat loss, mining, poaching and disease. Everyone can help them by reducing, reusing and then recycling mobile phones and other electronics such as laptops, game consoles, cameras and tv screens.

About the Calgary Zoo: The Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation organization that guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species.  Locally and globally we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people.  Our over 1,000 employees and volunteers are passionate about inspiring people to take action to sustain wildlife and wild places, welcoming over 1.3 million guests annually. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species that we love and care for at our facilities, they are directly contributing through admission and on-grounds sales to a not-for-profit charitable conservation organization that works to fight extinction of plants and animals worldwide. 

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Alison Archambault
Director Marketing, Sales & Communications
Calgary Zoo                                                                 
Phone: 403.232.7766 or 403.919.9482                                                                               
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