The Life of a Zoo Gorilla

sitting around eating

yawning- adorable

another lady gorilla comes over to eat

lunch time!

yummy- delicious!

all the gorillas hanging out

The big silverback comes into the yard

the elder gorilla doesn’t like the Silverback

“how far can I get away from him without falling off?”

The Silverback is gone- back to playtime! Los Angeles isn’t really known for their Zoo- San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park usually get noted by those who visit San Diego, but movie studio tours and sunsets over the Pacific usually get Hollywood tourists first votes. But this week Bob and I were craving some kind of animal interaction and the LA Zoo was going to have to do. And I have to admit- it was awesome!We were lucky to arrive right around lunch time and it just so happened to be overcast and gray- which might have helped in getting the animals to be excited and moving around (since it wasn’t so hot).My favorite part was the gorilla reserve area, complete with a waterfall and flowing “river” like stream. These gorillas are Western Lowland Gorillas and are classified as critically endangered due to over hunting and diseases. They travel and live in “bands” with one leader or adult Silverback with several females, teenagers and babies. We were lucky to observe the band eating, playing and respecting the head Silverback for about thirty minutes. It was incredible to watch them interact. If you are in LA for longer than a few days or live near the area, check out the LA Zoo and plant yourself in the Gorilla Reserve area. You’ll be happy you were able to experience such beautiful and interesting animals live their lives. This photo series is for Budget Travelers Sandbox, Thursday Travel Photo- make sure to check out the other bloggers too!

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns and


  • Reply April 26, 2012

    Bob R

    I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t generally associate ‘LA’ with ‘gorilla’. :)

  • Reply April 26, 2012


    Beautiful gorillas! I wonder if they’re happy in zoos…

  • Reply April 26, 2012


    Would never have considered this outing in LA. I also wonder how well the gorillas do in a zoo. Were they raised in captivity from the time they were infants?
    Beautiful photo of the big guy!

  • Reply April 26, 2012


    Beautiful photos – I love watching gorillas (or apes or chimpanzees) interact with one another – it’s fascinating to see the similarities with human behaviour!

  • Reply April 26, 2012


    Childhood memories!! So glad you guys had a great time! And great day for it:-)

  • Reply April 26, 2012

    Cathy Sweeney

    The gorillas get pretty tired out with all that eating and playing. They really are adorable. It looks like a nice habitat for them at the LA Zoo. I know that you love animals and would tell us if they weren’t treated well there.

  • Reply April 26, 2012

    Dick Jordan


  • Reply April 26, 2012


    They look pretty content. The second shot made me laugh.

  • Reply April 27, 2012


    These are beautiful, beautiful shots! What sort of camera did you use???

  • Reply April 27, 2012


    Being on a diet right now, I think I like the life of a gorilla. Seems like a lot of eating.

  • I love the gorilla pictures and your observations. I lived in LA for 9 years and have never visited the zoo. We always drove down to San Diego =) What a life they lead!

  • Reply April 27, 2012


    That silverback looks so scary! Looks like a nice and big area to hang out and watch the animals.

  • Reply April 27, 2012


    I have to admit that I didn’t even know that LA had a zoo, but this enclosure looks so nice (sooo much better than the one in Sacramento) that I will put this on my list for when we get down that way.

  • [...] The Life of a Zoo Gorilla- Bob and I took an adventure to the LA Zoo this week- witnessing this awesome interaction between all the gorillas. [...]

  • Reply April 28, 2012

    Average Traveller

    You got some great pictures! We’ll check out this out the next time we’re in LA with the kids, thanks!

  • Reply May 2, 2012


    I love those photos! they’re so cute!! :)

  • Reply May 3, 2012

    David Ayers

    Nice insightful article –
    Thank you!

  • Reply May 4, 2012


    I love gorillas as you know, good to see that they have what appears to be a good enclosure at the LA Zoo.

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