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Gorillas Settle Into Warsaw Zoo
October 8, 2008   
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Gustaw, a nine-year-old gorilla, and his eight-year-old new best friend Azizi have just moved into Warsaw Zoo's new one-hectare gorilla enclosure.

The zl.15 million enclosure opened Sept. 25. It comes with all mod cons, including trees, swinging ropes, toys, and the latest in entertainment, with lots of people to peer at through armor-plated glass.

Gustaw and Azizi were brought from the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The two will have to do without female companionship for now. "Male gorillas are always introduced into a new environment first as they are far more adaptable than females," says the zoo's ape and monkey keeper Adam Hryniewicz. It is not yet certain when a third male gorilla, Boulas, is due to arrive from Britain.

Previously, Opole, in the southwest of the country, was the only Polish city with a gorilla enclosure. Warsaw Zoo, which opened in 1928 with 500 animals, has recently been going through a period of rapid expansion and is now home to almost 4,000 animals from some 500 species. Elephants, rhinoceroses, jaguars, chimpanzees, giraffes, cheetahs and kangaroos have always been the biggest crowd pullers. Now they have some simian contenders.
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