A brand new bachelor gorilla group has arrived!  

Chipua (Chip), Pendeka (Pende) and Kongo arrived on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard in early July of 2023. This transfer facilitates the Species Survival Plan (SSP) targets for the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) gorilla inhabitants, which incorporates all gorillas housed in US amenities accredited by AZA. We’re additionally excited to deal with this bachelor troop, as it’s the first time the Cincinnati Zoo has housed this kind of troop construction in its lengthy historical past of caring for gorillas! We sit up for sharing this expertise with our Zoo members and friends.  

Bachelor troops serve an essential objective, current in native habitat areas all through Central Africa in addition to in different AZA amenities. As younger males age, they depart natal household teams to finally set up a household troop of their very own. Males will both reside as solitary people, within the periphery of different household troops, or in all-male teams. This timeframe is important for males, who should mature bodily and socially earlier than efficiently main a household troop. In AZA amenities, these bachelor troops permit social alternatives as soon as people have wanted to depart their natal group. Typically this acts as an intermittent step earlier than establishing a household troop, however different occasions all-male troops can develop into well-established social models that final many years!  

In comparison with household troops, bachelors have totally different social dynamics. Aggression is a vital habits in these troops; typically this seems to be like displacement between two people, vocal battle, or a bodily altercation. Whereas these occasions might look regarding to individuals, they serve an essential objective in gorilla society. Aggression helps to ascertain and preserve a hierarchy, educating all of the gorillas within the troop methods to appropriately work together with one another and navigate their dynamic social construction.  

As aggression occurs, gorillas will inflict wounds. Wounding is totally regular, though it could actually look a bit scary! The place wounds happen and the way extreme they appear can point out loads a few troop’s social improvement. As wounding occurs, the animal care and veterinary groups carefully monitor every thing to verify therapeutic progresses as regular. If wanted, gorillas may be given medicine to forestall an infection or provide ache aid. That is carefully evaluated every day to assist joyful and wholesome gorillas!  

As Chip, Pende, and Kongo regulate to their new dwelling, we’re excited to offer their day by day care and assist their social wants. Please be a part of us in welcoming the boys to their new dwelling!  

Meet the silverbacks!


Picture by: Max Block

Chipua, or Chip, was born on September 6, 1996 on the Bronx Zoo. His title means “bud, develop, sprout” in Swahili. He has a brief/squatty physique and delightful eyes. He weighs round 400 kilos and may be very choosy on the subject of meals

Chipua may be very severe on the subject of gorilla politics.  He was the chief of the bachelors for a very long time till youngest brother Kongo hit a progress spurt and took over by dimension.


Picture by: Max Block

Pendeka, or Pende, was born on January 14, 1998 on the Bronx Zoo. His title means “to be liked” in Swahili. You possibly can inform him aside by his thinner face that’s extra elongated than the opposite two. He weighs round 370 kilos. He’s the almost certainly gorilla within the group to be seen bipedal on habitat. It often happens when it’s raining exterior, however has been noticed when he’s strolling by way of the snow. He does it much more typically than his half-brothers. When it’s raining and he begins to stroll upright, he tends to stay out his tongue to catch the water as he goes from one aspect of the habitat to the opposite!


Picture by: Max Block

Kongo is the dominant gorilla within the group based mostly on sheer dimension and stature. Mbeli means “little” in Swahili, so he’s Little Kongo, named after his Nice Grandfather Kongo. He weighs round 430 kilos and has lengthy legs and is sort of tall for a gorilla. He has a lazy eye and is de facto assured and dominant. Has eased up during the last couple of years, however nonetheless holds court docket when he must. Regardless of being the youngest, he makes use of his dimension to his benefit.


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