In the very heart of the San Diego Zoo, you’ll find western lowland gorillas in a natural landscape of cascading waterfalls, an open meadow, and climbing areas.

From the many viewing areas, you can observe how gorillas are members of a very complex social group. Our younger apes love to tumble down the grassy slope into the large viewing area, and you’ll usually find a gorilla or two seated next to the window, doing some people watching!

Did you know? Cell phones have a connection to the well being of gorillas! Cell phones contain a rare ore called coltan, found in central Africa. Increased mining operations to get the coltan means habitat loss and hunting pressure on gorillas. Our cell phone recycling program helps to keep obsolete cell phones out of landfills and reduces a little of the coltan demand at the same time. Drop yours off at our exit!

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