Visitors familiar with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are used to seeing the eight “bachelor” gorillas in the outdoor exhibits of the Hubbard Gorillas Valley.
The family grouping — 4-year-old Hadari, grandfather Mo, grandmother Rosie, mother Timu and sister Bambio — usually can be found in the indoor display.
But this week, the family checked out the large outdoor enclosure for the first time together. They had to go back inside after a couple of hours because they were chowing down grass, said Christine DuPree, supervisor of great apes. But since they didn’t become ill, the family now will be spending Saturday and Sunday mornings in the outdoor exhibit.
To make room Hadari and his family, some of the male gorillas had to be temporarily moved.
During his first trip outdoors Hadari was reluctant and clung to Rosie at first, DuPree said, but he quickly took to the change of environment. He especially liked banging on the bubble windows and interacting with kids he could see through them.