Two female gorillas move into the Knoxville Zoo

Two female gorillas move into the Knoxville Zoo

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One of the gorillas check out the new space. One of the gorillas check out the new space.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two residents are settling into their new home at the Knoxville Zoo.

Two female Western lowland gorillas named Hope and Machi have moved to Knoxville to be
part of the zoo's first family group of gorillas.

Hope, a 29-year-old female, came to Knoxville last month from Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Machi, a 36-year-old female, arrived in Knoxville yesterday from Zoo Atlanta.

Wanto, a 35-year-old male, from the Kansas City Zoo will join the two females at a later date.

The moves of these three endangered gorillas to Knoxville Zoo were made on the recommendation of the Western Lowland Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP), which manages the breeding and social placement of gorillas in accredited zoos.

The Knoxville Zoo is already the home of Bantu, a 15-year-old juvenile male.

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