Gorilla Family - Knoxville (2016)
These are the gorillas living in Knoxville (TN), United States.
Color Key - Blue: breeding male, black: other males, red: females, grey: non-residents (with their current location) or deceased.
Arrows - Pointing from parents to their offspring.
Please note: Wanto was born in Seattle, WA and had lived in St. Paul, Little Rock and St. Louis until he came to Kansas City in 1995. After having lived alone for almost 20 years, he arrived in Knoxville in May 2013. Zoo officials were hoping to breed Wanto, who has never sired any offspring, with Machi and Hope who already arrived in February from Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. Kowali arrived from Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in June. However, Wanto did not get along with the females, and since May 2014 has been kept separated. — Bantu was born in Toledo, OH and arrived in Knoxville in 2001. He had lived with Kwashi until May 2010, and later with Ajari who went to Columbia in 2013. After the failed introduction of Wanto, Bantu clearly showed interest in the females and, based on a breeding recommendation by the SSP, has successfully joined them in 2014. — See this chart for the females' previous offspring.
Photos of the adults taken in June 2014 by me, photos of Ubuntu and Obi © Knoxville Zoo, photo of Andi © Tennessee Trails Photography.
Read this article for more information about Knoxville's first attempt to establish a family group around Wanto.
See more family trees on Gorilla Genealogy.