Riverbanks Zoo adds gorilla, flamingos


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia has announced three additions.

The biggest, by far, is Ajari, a 12-year-old gorilla who has been moved to Columbia from the Knoxville Zoo.

He joins two other males in the exhibit, Chaka and Mike.

Riverbanks announced the addition on Wednesday, but Ajari has been at the zoo for several months becoming acclimated to his new home.

Senior Keeper Sara Floyd says Wednesday was the first time Ajari has spent more than a couple of hours with the other two gorillas.

The Riverbanks gorillas are the western lowland species found in the tropical rainforests of West Africa. Gorillas in the wild live in groups that can range from five to 30 individuals.

The zoo also announced the births of two Caribbean flamingo chicks.

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