March 4, 2013 -
Knoxville Zoo is busy getting the newest residents of
Gorilla Valley settled in to their new home. The two female Western
lowland gorillas, named Hope and Machi, have moved to Knoxville to be
part of the zoo's first family group of gorillas.
|Hope the Gorilla
|Machi the Gorilla
Hope, a 29-year-old female, came to Knoxville last month from Disney's
Machi, a 36-year-old female, arrived in Knoxville
yesterday from Zoo Atlanta.
They will be joined at a later date by Wanto,
a 35-year-old male, from the Kansas City Zoo.
The moves of these three
endangered gorillas to Knoxville Zoo were made on the recommendation
of the Western Lowland Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which
manages the breeding and social placement of gorillas in zoos accredited
by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Knoxville Zoo works
in conjunction with the gorilla SSP to meet the needs of the overall gorilla
population and will continue to be the home of Bantu, a 15-year-old
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off
exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas
Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in
animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.
Currently, the zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes.
Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m.
For more information, please
call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.