Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/chrcal15/eulah.co.uk/administrator/components/com_sh404sef/sh404sef.class.php on line 1153

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/chrcal15/eulah.co.uk/administrator/components/com_sh404sef/sh404sef.class.php on line 1153

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/chrcal15/eulah.co.uk/components/com_sh404sef/shInit.php on line 37
 Gorilla Sponsorship - Durrell Wildlife conservation Park and Eulah Country House Hotel in Jersey | About



Western Lowland Gorilla Sponsorship


Eulah Country House has recently named all of its rooms and suites after renowned sons and daughters of Jersey - from Gerald Durrell to Edmund Blampied.


In recognition of the ground breaking work at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and tireless efforts to conserve the biodiversity and integrity of our planetary ecosystem, whilst ensuring the survival of some of the worlds most endangered species, Eulah Country House has decided to sponsor the western lowland gorilla - Ya Kwanza.


The adoption of Ya Kwanza contributes to the cost of feeding and caring for the animals at Durrell, including the maintenance of their enclosures and their environment and onsite veterinary care.  



Ya Kwanza


Ya Kwanza is a magnificent western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), a male silverback weighing 235 kg. Ya Kwanza was born in 1984 at Melbourne Zoo in Australia and moved to Jersey in 1993 when he was just 9 years old. His name, Ya Kwanza, means 'the first' in Swahilli and he was the first gorilla in the world to be born via artificial insemination.


Ya Kwanza has a son Mapema, born in 2000. His Daughter, Ya Pili  (born 2004), sadly died in 2007. Their mother is Hlala Kahilli and the family live with other females, in a spacious enclosure that includes a large grassy area, tree trunks and ropes for climbing and a sizeable pond and waterfall system, mimicking the lowland swamp where such gorillas are often found in the wild.


The Gorillas at Durrell also have an indoor area where they sleep and shelter during poor weather. Camouflage netting accross some of the glass fronted viewing area provides the apes with some privacy, while features like climbing equipment and artificial termite mounds provide for 'behavioral enrichment'.


Some more western lowland gorilla facts:

  • Threatened by loss of habitat, illegal capture for bush meet, Ebola outbreaks, and hunting for tropies and the pet trade, the western lowland gorilla is endangered in the wild, with numbers reduced to around 100,000.
  • Western lowland gorillas are found in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and the extreme western tip of Zaire.
  • Gorillas share 97.7 % of their DNA with their human cousins and along with chimpanzees are more similar to humans then any other animal.
  • Gorillas use 16 different types of vocalisations to communicate - such as hooting, grunting and barking, as well as facial expressions.
  • Gorillas exhibit an extreme tolerance of people so long as the respect is mutual and the approach is respectful.
  • The dramatic chest beating and menacing roars are a sign that they feel threatened, actual fighting is rare.

For more information regarding the work done at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust please visit their website.


If you would like to make a donation join, or adopt an animal please go to the Durrell website How to Help section.


Eulah Country House is also running a competition to celebrate the new Durrell room. The winner will receive three nights bed and breakfast at Eulah in the Durrell room, a VIP tour of Durrell Wildlife Park and much more. To enter the competition please go to the Durrell Competition page.