was born in Gabon, West Africa in 1972 and arrived in Toronto in 1974. Although Charles is now an impressive 186kg (410 pounds) silverback, he is actually quite shy and very peaceful. He is an excellent father but is in his golden years which means he is less active and doesn't horseplay as much with his kids as he once did. Charles, like other silverbacks, lives with the constant need to be watchful of his group, ready to defend them with his life if necessary. He has sired 15 infants with 10 surviving. In 1995 Charles achieved world-wide fame and raised $40,000 towards his new habitat with the exhibition and sale of his abstract expressionist paintings.
was born in Gabon, West Africa in 1971. Jo is quite the protective gorilla, often sitting near the glass. Jo has quite a bit of silver along her head and back, often being mistaken for the silverback. She is one of the most subordinate of the gorillas; however she is considered the most clever. She likes to interact with the public and her keepers. Although Jo is an excellent mom, she has not been able to produce enough milk to raise her young. Because of this, the keepers have had to hand raise her offspring and were able to reintroduce them back to Jo by six months of age.
was born on March 18, 1998 to Amanda (one of Toronto Zoo's original gorillas) and Vip who both currently reside at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. She arrived at the Toronto Zoo in 2008 and was introduced to the troop within a few months of her arrival; she has become the most dominant female of the troop. Ngozi is a very sweet, gentle, yet confident gorilla. When Ngozi and Charles first met, there was an instant attraction between them. Ngozi continues to be respectful of him which is a very important aspect of gorilla behaviour. Ngozi's first baby, Nassir, was born on September 2, 2009 and more recently she has given birth to her second offspring, who was born on January 10, 2014, both offspring were sired by Charles.
was born on May 12, 2001 to Josephine and Charles. She was hand raised by keepers for the first six months of her life due to the fact that her mom does not produce breast milk. Johari can often be seen clutching a piece of clothing or stuffed toy that the keepers have given her; none of the other gorillas show any interest in these items. She is a very calm, mild mannered gorilla who enjoys attention from her keepers and she also likes to interact with the public. Johari can often be seen playing with her younger siblings but as she reaches sexual maturity, she often spends time by herself away from the other members of her troop.
was born on March 7, 2005 to Samantha and Charles. This Pregnancy was quite unexpected because gorillas normally wait four to five years between offspring and Sadiki's older sister was only three when he was born. He is a very outgoing, energetic male with a very dominant personality. As Sadiki matures he has become a little more serious however he still enjoys playing with other members of the troop. Sadiki is starting to go through puberty and over the next few years Sadiki will begin to exhibit physical characteristics of a young silverback. These traits will include silvering of his hair along his back down towards his thighs, doubling in weight and size, as well as increased aggression. At some point he will have to leave his natal group just as he would if he were in the wild.
was born on September 2, 2009 to Charles and Ngozi. Now that he is a bit older, he can often be seen playing with other members of the troop, especially his half-brother Sadiki. However, his mom is never too far away, keeping a watchful eye on him just in case the roughhousing becomes too boisterous. Nassir enjoys watching visitors and can often be found at the window taking delight in interacting with young children. Nassir demands the attention of all members of the troop; however he is a bit of a clown, so he is good at keeping himself occupied when no one else is in the mood to play.
Baby Girl Gorilla
was born on January 10, 2014 to Ngozi and Charles. This is Ngozi's second offspring. Ngozi is an excellent mom keeping a watchful eye on both of her children. The baby will breast feed until she is approximately four years old even though around six months of age she will begin eating solid foods.