Aug 25, 2023 - Things to Do

Detroit Zoo welcomes four new gorillas

Tulivu the gorilla simply existing, but in style. Photo: Courtesy of the Detroit Zoo

Four gorillas have just moved to the Detroit Zoo from the Cincinnati Zoo and Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo.

  • It's like welcoming distant relatives into town. Not quite, but hey — we do share 98% of their DNA.

By the numbers: The male, Mshindi, is 35 years old. The rest are female: Tulivu (19), Bandia (25) and Nayembi (10).

  • Gorillas live 35-40 years in the wild but have lifespans of over 50 in captivity, per BBC Wildlife.

If you go: The zoo is celebrating its new gorilla troop with special talks and animal enrichment festivities at 10am, 12pm and 2pm on Sept. 2 and 3.

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