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Zoo News - Volume 40, March 2020

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VISIT THE GORILLA RAINFOREST to see our gorilla family of Kanzi, Yuska, Kimya and Otana. Join a keeper talk, grab a bite to eat and, if you still have time after that, keep on exploring. Tree-top Apes & Monkeys Lemurs Gorillas Cassowary Pygmy Hippopotamus Gorilla Ranger Station GORILLA RAINFOREST Keeper talk Pygmy hippo @4.15pm Gorilla behind the scenes 11.45am daily – $72 for Zoo Members Lemur close-up encounter 3pm daily – $45 for Zoo Members KANZI At five years old (her birthday is on 10 March), Kanzi is the baby of the gorilla family. She's a playful, curious and very cheeky young thing, too. YUSKA The oldest (and probably wisest) of the gorillas is Yuska (49 years), who is the grandmother figure for Kanzi. Yuska was the first of the gorillas to have a baby at Melbourne Zoo in 1984. KIMYA Mother to baby Kanzi, Kimya is 15 years old and is a calm presence in the gorilla family. She likes to keep a close eye on her adventurous daughter. OTANA Look out for the silverback leader, Otana, who is 19 years old. Otana weighs almost 200kg and takes his job of looking out for his family – including his daughter, Kanzi – very seriously. Insider info RAIL GATE MAIN GATE GORILLA RAINFOREST M E L B O U R N E Z O O LOOK OUT FOR MORE ITINERARIES coming over the next few Zoo News editions. Including Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo. HELPFUL HINTS FOOD Pick up a coffee before you see the animals at the Meerkat Café (opposite the entrance to Gorilla Rainforest). TOILETS The closest bathroom (includes an accessible toilet and changing facilities) is located near the Main Gate. TIP The lemurs are free to roam around Lemur Island so don't take any food into the exhibit (they don't need your lunch). TIMING During the warmer months the primates are most active in the early morning and late afternoon. These are also the best times to grab a car park, if you decide to drive. TRANSPORT take the Upfield line to Royal Park Station or the route 58 tram to stop 26. Gorilla rainforest We know our members love the flexibility of visiting the zoos whenever you want. That's why we've created this bite-sized itinerary so you can make the most of your time at Melbourne Zoo. COMMUNITY ZOONEWS MEMBER MAGAZINE • AUTUMN 2020 • 9 ZOONEWS MEMBER MAGAZINE • AUTUMN 2020 • 9 ZOO ITINERARY

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