Breakdancing Gorilla Grooves Freestyle, Hint of Flashdance

06/22/2011

Zola Breakdancing Gorilla Calgary ZooGifted Primate Dance Program Alive & Well at the Calgary Zoo

Meet Zola, the latest internet sensation and hottest one-gorilla show at the Calgary Zoo! At nine-years young, Zola is one of eight Western lowland gorillas currently living at the Calgary Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan. According to his handlers, Zola loves to dance and splash in water and keepers regularly give him the opportunity to do so as part of the enrichment activities they plan and vary on a daily basis. 

As you can see from his choreography in the video below, Zola begins his routine with simple spins, utilizing the wet floor to maximize the torque behind his moves. 

[Check out Hilarious Dancing Dogs]

Raising Awareness for Endangered Species

Zola and three other gorillas came to the Calgary Zoo from New York's Bronx Zoo. Western lowland gorillas are unfortunately listed as "critically endangered," thanks to poaching and habitat loss in central Africa and this video was posted near the end of the zoo's two-month "Spotlight on Gorillas" which highlights conservation challenges.

To learn about how you can help endangered species and animals in need, check out Animal Planet's Reach Out Act Respond (ROAR) program.

Editors Note: This video would be much more enjoyable if Zola were freestyling, free from dangerous poachers, in the open jungle...don't you agree?


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