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The award-winning four-acre Gorilla Forest is one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken at the Louisville Zoo. This multi-faceted exhibit immerses you, the visitor, into the world of gorillas. Whether you are searching along the Discovery Trail or stopping at Hippo Falls or discovering the gorillas in one of their three habitats, you are in the gorilla’s realm.

In addition to being the home of 11 western lowland gorillas and 2 pygmy hippos, Gorilla Forest provides new environmental education spaces and programming opportunities. Through its innovative approach this exhibit ties together the themes of animals, habitats, and the human culture of Africa.

The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums honored the Louisville Zoo with the 2003 AZA Exhibit Award for Gorilla Forest.

Experience the excitement of Gorilla Forest!

Meet the Gorillas

A new gorilla group will temporarily be joining the rotation in Gorilla Forest soon. We will be caring for a male silverback and two female gorillas from the Bronx Zoo for 10 months before they move to their new zoo home. Get to know them and the rest of our gorilla families.

A Gorilla Sanctuary

Learn about Louisville Zoo's special capabilities.

Inside Gorilla Forest

Take a tour of this award winning exhibit.

A Day In The Life

Read about what it is like to work with gorillas every day.

Gorilla Facts

Brush up on your Gorilla information.