A troop of Western lowland gorillas, including 210-kilogram silverback Kibabu, have arrived at Mogo Zoo.
The troop, which includes Kibabu's two favourite ladies, Mouila and Kriba, and their offspring, Mahali and Kipenzi, made the arduous journey from Taronga Zoo to the South Coast on Tuesday in specially designed and fortified transport crates, as part of a convoy that resembled a presidential motorcade.
It's a dream come true for Mogo Zoo owner Sally Padey.
"We are so honoured to be able to house and care for these amazing animals and play an active role in the Global Species Management Plan," she said.
"The arrival of these great apes is not only a fantastic opportunity for Mogo Zoo, but for the Eurobodalla region overall due to the popularity of these magnificent and noble creatures.”
The move will ensure the ongoing success of the program in safeguarding this critically endangered species from extinction. Kibabu has fathered 14 offspring, all of whom will continue to play an integral role in zoos around the world into the future.
However, for Kibabu it is time to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of his new home at Mogo.