Bristol gorillas get new home
You don't have to go to Borneo to get up close and personal with the gorillas, you can do it in Bristol.
The first part of Bristol Zoo's new glass gorilla house opens this weekend and literally allows visitors to see the magnificent beasts from every angle.
Zoo spokesman Kate Willacy says it's been tricky trying to rebuild around a 32-stone silverback gorilla and his family but new enclosure is double the size of their last home.
As well as a new atrium-style glass entrance there is a glass panel that allows visitors to look up and see the animals walking above.
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Kukena, who was born at the zoo two years ago, has already been spotted using the glass to slide on and perform roly-polys.
Lynsey Bugg, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo, said: "After a short period of trying to suss out their new housemates, the gorillas soon became accustomed to watching the builders go about their work.
"Jock, our 30-year-old silverback, could quite often be found watching the builders and keepers quickly learnt that Jock liked to see what was going on and oversee the work. Salome, mum to Kukena our almost two-year-old gorilla, also enjoyed having the builders to watch every day."
Phase one has opened and two other phases are due for completion by early 2014.