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 nine western lowland gorillas and 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

Get to know the gorillas that call Gorilla Forest home.

Gorilla Facts

Brush up on your Gorilla information.

Gorilla Forest Articles

A Gorilla Sanctuary — Summer 2014

Learn about Louisville Zoo’s special capabilities.

A Day In The Life — Spring 2009

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

Conservation Corner

As part of our mission to “better the bond between people and our planet,” the Louisville Zoo supports many conservation efforts locally and globally. Learn about our conservation partners working in Africa including Pan African Sanctuary Alliance and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Learn more about the Zoo’s work with Eco-Cell, to help recycle coltan and prevent it from being mined in gorilla habitats.