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The video of Jambo looking over Levan Merritt at the Jersey Zoo was voted number one by the Channel Island public as the “Shot that shook the Island.” More here

Amazing Gorilla Enclosure

Jersey’s gorillas live in a large enclosure that has a 2000sq metre ( acre) grassy outdoor area containing many tree trunks and ropes for climbing. The ground has been carefully landscaped to provide varied terrain and areas with a degree of privacy. There is also a pond and waterfall system. A high wall surrounds the outdoor enclosure, but because the centre of the area is higher than the wall, from some areas of the Zoo it can appear that a gorilla is sitting on a hill in the grounds and not in an enclosure at all. Indoors, where the gorillas sleep and seek shelter during poor weather, there is a glass-fronted public viewing area, partially covered by camouflage netting this allows the gorillas a degree of privacy.

Spikes and warning signs have now been fitted to the tops of the walls.

The enclosure opened in may 1981

The gorilla house measures 20.3 m x 8.5m 60ft x 20ft. The windows are multi laminated 43mm shatter proof glass. The Gorilla house is also fitted with 3 miles of underfloor heating. This is to keep the temperature at a constant 22 deg C


Short clip of The Enclosure

copyright Brian Le lion 2012

Map showing a small area of Jersey Zoo and the Gorilla Enclosure Complex.

The Gorilla House can be seen on the left of this photo. The raised mounds give an excellent view of the Gorillas.