Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Funnies, a weekly feature devoted solely to the lighter side of life. This week’s edition features a break dancing gorilla from the Calgary Zoo who is the newest YouTube star and this week’s Internet sensation. With views of more than 1,300,000 and climbing, the happy, dancing gorilla is a hit with people across the globe.
According to Calgary Zoo officials, Zola is an 8-year-old Western Lowland gorilla who amuses himself in puddles of water water. “He (Zola) loves to play in water and keepers regularly give him the opportunity to do so as part of the enrichment activities they plan and vary on a daily basis,” the Calgary Zoo said in a press release. Zookeepers noticed Zola having a great time, recorded his moves, and then set the video to music. By Friday, Zola, the dancing gorilla reached the million view mark on YouTube and is steadily gaining popularity. The Calgary Zoo is located in Alberta, Canada and features distinct areas for African, Canadian, Australian, Eurasian and South African animals.
If you want your kids to see gorillas up close and personal in Atlanta, head to Zoo Atlanta. The Willie B. Conservation Center was named after Atlanta’s most famous gorilla, who lived at Zoo Atlanta for 39 years. He fathered five gorilla babies: Kudzoo, Olympia, Sukari, Kidogo, and Lulu. Kidogo, the only male offspring, took on the name Willie B., Jr. after his father died, taking his place as the heir. More than 8,000 people attended the memorial ceremony held in Willie B’s honor, and the zoo now has a life-size bronze statue of Willie B. on permanent display outside the gorilla exhibit.
Zoo Atlanta helps conserve gorillas in the wild through serving as home to the international headquarters of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGFI). The mission of DFGFI is to protect gorillas and their habitats in Africa. By providing free space and technical support to DFGFI, Zoo Atlanta enables the organization to allot more funds toward conserving gorillas in the wild.
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