Gorilla eats in the outside yard

Gorilla Forest

The award-winning 4-acre Gorilla Forest is one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken at the Louisville Zoo. This multi-faceted exhibit immerses you, the visitor, into the world of gorillas. Whether you are searching along the Discovery Trail or stopping at Hippo Falls or discovering the gorillas in one of their three habitats, you are in the gorilla’s realm.

In addition to being the home of 11 western lowland gorillas and two pygmy hippos, Gorilla Forest provides unique environmental education spaces and programming opportunities. Through its innovative approach, this exhibit ties together the themes of animals, habitats, and the human culture of Africa.

The American Association of Zoos and Aquariums honored the Louisville Zoo with the 2003 Exhibit Award recognizing Gorilla Forest for excellence and innovation.

Experience the Excitement of Gorilla Forest!

Inside Gorilla Forest

Take a tour of this award-winning exhibit.

Meet the Gorillas

A new gorilla group has temporarily joined the rotation in Gorilla Forest. We are caring for a male silverback and two female gorillas from the Bronx Zoo for 10 months before they move to their new zoo home. Get to know them and the rest of our gorilla families.

Gorilla Facts

Brush up on your Gorilla information.

Gorilla Forest Articles

A Gorilla Sanctuary

Learn about Louisville Zoo’s special capabilities.

A Day In The Life

Read about what it is like to work with gorillas every day.