Why Is Tropic World: Africa Currently Closed?

The Western lowland gorilla troop have always been a fan favorite here at Brookfield Zoo. However, you may have noticed that, at this time, Tropic World: Africa is closed.

But why can’t guests see the gorillas right now? That’s a great question.

Scientific evidence has found that gorillas are one of the species that is very susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. The health, welfare, and safety of both our magnificent animals and guests remain our top priority. Until we are able to vaccinate our gorillas, Tropic World: Africa will remain temporarily closed. While we do not have an estimated timeline of when the vaccinations will be administered, we thank you for your patience and support.

In the meantime, JoJo, Koola, Ali, Binti Jua, Nora, and Zachary will continue to receive expert care from our dedicated team of animal care specialists. Follow our social media accounts to see them up close on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.

Brookfield Zoo's western lowland gorilla troop is led by JoJo, a silverback male, who is 41 years old. Binti Jua is the oldest female at 33 and Koola is the next-oldest female at 26. Koola has three offspring, including Kamba (17), Zachary (6), and Ali (2). Koola has a son named Zachary (6).

Although Tropic World: Africa is temporarily closed, Tropic World: South America and Tropic World: Asia remain open to guests! Face coverings are required inside for the health and safety of our animals and guests.

Check back here on our CZS Insights Blog for news, updates, and more. And be sure to keep an eye on our Know Before You Go page for the latest information on park operations.

- Written by Olivia Sabalaskey

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Posted: 8/3/2021 10:42:32 AM by Sean Keeley

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