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Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103
Join us June 6-9 for fun & festivities as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Gorilla Forest! This $11 million exhibit redesign and overhaul will feature seven gorillas, six of whom are new to Como Zoo, and the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America.
The Gorilla Forest is a major outdoor exhibit and providing significant improvements and expansions to the existing indoor facilities. The 13,000 square foot outdoor space, almost three times larger than the previous space, was designed to give the gorilla’s ample room to play, climb, forage and display their extraordinary family and social dynamics to the public while minimizing stress on the gorillas and creating up close and personal views of the gorillas for visitors.
The improvements to the indoor facilities, including the behind-the-scenes areas, were enlarged and could make mating these endangered species a possibility for Como. The new gorilla holding building provides plenty of natural light and two stories for the animals with view windows and perches so the gorillas can see out. Improvements to existing rockwork and trees will provide more horizontal space for gorillas and planned family groups. Better ventilation, lighting, drainage and a new rainforest mural on the dayroom wall will create an improved environment for the animals and viewing experience for the public.
Visit our website for all the upcoming Grand Opening fun & festivities June 6-9!