Use this map to see where Kibabu’s offspring are living around the world; zoom in and out with your track ball.
Kibabu’s bloodlines spread across Europe, Australia and Japan, demonstrating a truly global approach to conservation breeding programs. It illustrates how widely-separated zoos are working together to create an ‘insurance’ program against the potential loss of remaining wild Western Gorilla Lowland populations in Africa. The zoos’ coordinated conservation breeding program ensures the best genetic management of the gorillas in the species management program.
Taronga also undertakes a range of projects to support wild gorillas, including community action campaigns to preserve gorilla habitat, ranger protection programs for gorillas in the Cross River National Park in Cameroon, and public education programs in both Australia and Africa. The Zoo’s keeper talks also reveal the complex nature and the gentle vulnerability of these great apes to millions of Zoo visitors every year.
Kibabu’s clan including his 14 living offspring (with more than 20 offspring of their own) are living in Britain, Portugal, Holland, The Republic of Czech, Switzerland, Japan, and, of course, Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo in Australia.
In addition to his offspring playing important roles in other groups and indeed, helping found new ones, Kibabu has been the focus of Taronga’s Gorilla family since arriving from Apenheul in Holland in December 1996.
His offspring at Prague Zoo were recently rescued from flooding by Zoo keepers – this is the second time the gorillas and other animals there have experienced the Danube in flood.
One of Kibabu’s sons, Bauwi, recently made global news when his partner gave birth to twins, rare in gorilla families.
Working together for Gorilla Conservation
Howletts Wild Animal Park - England