Godspeed, gorillas! Columbus Zoo prepares to bid adieu to nice ape household

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Gaerner, Ohio (WCMH) – Three beloved gorillas in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are on their way to an unknown new home.

According to a publication, the zoo says silverback Oliver and the women Nadami and Dotty will soon be moving from Columbus to their new location.

A spokesperson said they haven’t announced the location of the new home but “will provide updates on their arrival once the receiving zoo has welcomed the gorillas and shared the announcement with their community.”

Oliver, Nadami and Dotty

According to zoo officials, the new location is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In addition, two members of the Columbus Zoo’s animal care team, a facility team member and a veterinarian will travel with the gorillas to ensure they arrive safely.

The move is designed to maximize genetic diversity and increase the population of endangered species in human-run facilities. Fourteen gorillas remain in Columbus.

The zoo says fans are encouraged to visit soon if they want to see Oliver, Nadami and Dotty before heading to their new home.