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Ndoki Forest

Riverbanks has recreated this part of Africa as a sanctuary for gorillas, elephants and meerkats, giving visitors the opportunity to see these wonderful animals and learn more about them and their natural habitat. Of course, Ndoki Forest would be amiss without some native birds. A stork, ground hornbill, cinerous vultures and cranes reside in the neighboring African Bird Yard, enhancing the authentic appeal of this exhibit.

Photo courtesy of ©Richard W. Rokes.

African Elephant

Quick fact: Riverbanks is home to two female African elephants. These majestic animals are the largest living land mammal with females weighing 6,700 to 9,000 pounds.

Slender-tailed Meerkat

Quick fact: “One for all and all for one” is the motto of the slender-tailed meerkat. Groups of these highly social animals always have a designated “lookout” standing watch for danger.

Western Lowland Gorilla

Quick fact: The tropical rainforests of western Africa are home to western lowland gorillas. Riverbanks currently has two male and three female gorillas.