Ya Kwanza was Jersey Zoo’s male silverback gorilla weighing in at 235kgs, sucsessor to our much loved Jambo. He was born on the 3rd June 1984. He was the first gorilla ever born in Melbourne Australia and the first gorilla to be born by artificial insemination. Hence the name "Ya Kwanza" which means "the first" in Swahili.
Ya Kwanza, the silverback gorilla at Durrell in Jersey is leaving the island
Unfortunately n his 18 years in Jersey, Ya Kwanza has turned his back on all but one female introducing only one surviving offspring.
He joined a bachelor group in France, which will make way in Durrell's group, for a younger and hopefully more virile male to help with the captive breeding vital for the conservation of the Western Lowland Gorilla,
See the new kid on the block Badongo...