Now open to the public - Victoria's Werribee Open Range Zoo's spectacular new gorilla exhibit, Gorillas Calling.
The $3.6-million exhibit is the new home for three western lowland gorillas – silverback Motaba and his two sons, Yakini and Ganyeka. The three gorillas recently moved from Melbourne Zoo and are now settled into their state-of-the-art 6000 square metre bachelor pad, complete with wading pool, large climbing poles and incredible views across the zoo’s open range savannahs.
Werribee Open Range Zoo Director, Sally Lewis, said the opening of the exhibit marked an important milestone in the zoo's history.
'We have designed all of the interpretative elements of this exhibit to highlight the plight of gorillas in the wild, in the hope that our visitors will begin to understand and care about these beautiful creatures and be inspired to take action to save them before it is too late', Ms Lewis said.
The exhibit's name is linked to Zoos Victorias mobile phone recycling campaign, They're Calling on You, which supports the Jane Goodall Institute in conserving Africas primate species simply by donating your unused mobile phones.
Gorillas Calling boasts several viewing platforms to give visitors plenty of vantage points to watch these magnificent creatures and an innovative play space mirroring the gorillas’ climbing areas invites children to climb tree trunks and ropes whilst imagining being gorillas themselves.
For further information on the exhibit and Zoos Victoria'sThey're Calling on You campaign visit the Zoo website.