New gorilla joins Cincinnati Zoo community


CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – A new face has joined Gorilla World at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Mshindi, a 29-year-old male gorilla, explored Gorilla World for the first time Thursday morning, the zoo said. The silverback is from the Louisville Zoo.

Mshindi is expected to be joined by females Chewie and Mara out in the habitat after they are introduced behind the scenes.

Mshindi will rotate with two groups in the habitat, so visitors may or may not see him, the zoo said. Indoor, year-round viewing will become available in November.

The exhibit’s renovated and expanded indoor space, to open in the fall, will allow visitors to see the gorillas year-round. The space will provide the animals with naturalistic settings, daylight and large interactive spaces, the zoo said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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