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Gorilla Central: Welcome to our new home and to first-time-mum Mayani’s baby girl

PRESS RELEASE NO REPRO FEE 28/09/2011Gorillas in the Rainforest Six month old gorilla Kituba enjoying his amazing new habitat. The Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes is the biggest and most exciting development undertaken by Dublin Zoo in a number of years. The total 12,000 square metres of undulating topography, rolling hills, streams and dense vegetation was inspired by the gorillaÄôs natural habitat, the lowland rainforest of western Africa. The Gorilla Rainforest is open to visitors from today (Thursday 29th September) and to celebrate the opening this weekend (1st and 2nd October) Freddy Fyffes will be hosting two days of family fun with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. For further information on the Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie¬©Patrick Bolger Photography 2011
PRESS RELEASE NO REPRO FEE 28/09/2011Gorillas in the Rainforest Six month old gorilla Kituba enjoying his amazing new habitat. The Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes is the biggest and most exciting development undertaken by Dublin Zoo in a number of years. The total 12,000 square metres of undulating topography, rolling hills, streams and dense vegetation was inspired by the gorillaÄôs natural habitat, the lowland rainforest of western Africa. The Gorilla Rainforest is open to visitors from today (Thursday 29th September) and to celebrate the opening this weekend (1st and 2nd October) Freddy Fyffes will be hosting two days of family fun with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. For further information on the Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie¬©Patrick Bolger Photography 2011
Gorilla Alfie exploring and enjoying his amazing new habitat.
PRESS RELEASE NO REPRO FEE 28/09/2011Gorillas in the Rainforest Alfie and Lena with her six month old son Kituba enjoying their amazing new habitat. The Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes is the biggest and most exciting development undertaken by Dublin Zoo in a number of years. The total 12,000 square metres of undulating topography, rolling hills, streams and dense vegetation was inspired by the gorillaÄôs natural habitat, the lowland rainforest of western Africa. The Gorilla Rainforest is open to visitors from today (Thursday 29th September) and to celebrate the opening this weekend (1st and 2nd October) Freddy Fyffes will be hosting two days of family fun with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. For further information on the Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie¬©Patrick Bolger Photography 2011
The newly opened Gorilla Rainforest in Dublin Zoo totals 12,000 square metres of undulating topography, rolling hills, streams and dense vegetation. Inspired by the gorillas' natural habitat, the lowland rainforest of western Africa.
PRESS RELEASE NO REPRO FEE 28/09/2011Gorillas in the Rainforest Lena and her six month old son Kituba enjoying their amazing new habitat. The Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes is the biggest and most exciting development undertaken by Dublin Zoo in a number of years. The total 12,000 square metres of undulating topography, rolling hills, streams and dense vegetation was inspired by the gorillaÄôs natural habitat, the lowland rainforest of western Africa. The Gorilla Rainforest is open to visitors from today (Thursday 29th September) and to celebrate the opening this weekend (1st and 2nd October) Freddy Fyffes will be hosting two days of family fun with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. For further information on the Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie¬©Patrick Bolger Photography 2011
PRESS RELEASE NO REPRO FEE 28/09/2011Gorillas in the Rainforest Lena and her six month old son Kituba enjoying their amazing new habitat. The Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes is the biggest and most exciting development undertaken by Dublin Zoo in a number of years. The total 12,000 square metres of undulating topography, rolling hills, streams and dense vegetation was inspired by the gorillaÄôs natural habitat, the lowland rainforest of western Africa. The Gorilla Rainforest is open to visitors from today (Thursday 29th September) and to celebrate the opening this weekend (1st and 2nd October) Freddy Fyffes will be hosting two days of family fun with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. For further information on the Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie¬©Patrick Bolger Photography 2011
PRESS RELEASE NO REPRO FEE 28/09/2011Dublin Zoo welcomes new baby girl gorillaIn a double celebration today, (Thursday 29th September) Dublin Zoo announced the birth of a new baby gorilla born to first time mum Mayani at the opening of the new Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes. Mayani, gave birth to a healthy, baby girl gorilla on Friday 16th September. The baby arrived just days after the gorillas moved to their superb new habitat. The animal care team at Dublin Zoo said, ÄúMayani is cradling the infant close to her chest and both mum and baby are thriving.Äù The Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes is open to visitors from today (Thursday 29th September) and to celebrate the opening this weekend (1st and 2nd October) Freddy Fyffes will be hosting two days of family fun with face painting, giant games, music workshops and much more in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. For further information on the Gorilla Rainforest, proudly sponsored by Freddy Fyffes visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie Pictured are proud first-time mum Mayani and gorilla baby in the Gorilla Rainforest at Dublin Zoo. ¬©Patrick Bolger Photography 2011

INDEPENDENT.IE REPORTERS

IT LOOKS like something from central Africa rather than central Phoenix Park and the gorillas of Dublin zoo looked very much at home today in their lush new rainforest habitat.

President Mary McAleese, in the closing weeks of her 14-year role, opened the 12,000 sq m designated rainforest in the African Plans section of the zoo – specially designed to mimic the original home of the seven western lowland gorillas who now reside there.







The move came as the zoo announced the birth of a new baby girl gorilla to first time mum Mayani. Earlier this year Lena gave birth to baby boy Kituba and it is hoped that the patter of primate feet will be heard more often as the new environment is also designed to encourage breeding.



"The largest of the primates, western lowland gorillas favour quiet, tranquil environments. The design of this new habitat was strongly influenced by behavioural studies of gorillas in the wild," Dublin Zoo said today.



"High, rocky outcrops and trees allow the apes an overview of the surrounding landscape, while streams and dense vegetation allow the gorillas to forage and move to private resting spaces."



Zoos worldwide have a population of 550 western lowland gorillas.

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