Philadelphia Zoo Celebrates Gorilla's First Birthday
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Philadelphia Zoo celebrates the 1st birthday of Amani, a Western lowland gorilla. Amani and her troop celebrated the occasion with birthday treats and cake as guests sangâHappy Birthdayâ.
Born on August 26, 2016, Amani was named after an orphaned gorilla living at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sanctuary that rehabilitates highly endangered gorillas whose families were killed by poachers.
Zoo guests are invited to visit with our gorilla troop and make special birthday cards for Amani throughout the weekend.
This family of Western lowland gorillas lives together in PECO Primate Reserve. Western lowland gorillas are listed as Critically Endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with threats including poaching, habitat destruction, illegal pet trafficking, and disease. Philadelphia Zoo empowers guests to become great ape heroes, encouraging them to join the Zoo to help save these majestic animals.