Jambo (pronounced “Yambo”) was born on the 17th April 1961 at the Basle Zoologischer Garteen in Switzerland. He weighed only about 4 pounds. He was named by Professor Ernst H Lang director of Basle Zoo.
Jambo is Swahili for “Hello” or “How are you?”
Jambo was unique as he was the first male gorilla to be born in captivity. He was also the first captive-born gorilla to be reared by his mother (Achilla)
This famous gorilla sired a total of 15 live offspring from 19 pregnancies.
Sadly Jambo was found dead on the 16th September 1992. The cause of death was due to a spontaneous rupture of the major artery, resulting in a massive haemorrage in his chest. Unfortunatly this condition could not have been forseen and as a result was totally unexpected.
In memory of Jambo a Bronze Statue was commissioned and now stands near to the Gorilla Enclosure. Jambo is sadly missed.
Ya Kwanza is now the dominant male Gorilla. He was sent to Jersey from Australia. He is also unique as he is the first Gorilla to be born in captivity by artificial insemination. He does look every bit as big as Jambo was.