Great Ape! Great Mom!

Western lowland gorillas, Shalia & SulaimanGorillas are the largest and strongest of the great apes. There are four subspecies of gorillas: western lowland, Cross River, mountain and eastern lowland. The western lowland gorilla is the subspecies you will see at the Milwaukee County Zoo. A group of gorillas is called a troop. A troop consists of a silverback with several females and their young. A newborn gorillas will cling to its mother’s fur on her back. This frees up the mother’s hands as she moves through the thick rainforest. On Nov. 24, 2014 the Milwaukee County Zoo welcomed a baby gorilla to mom Shalia. The newborn male was named Sulaiman (Sue lay man) – which means peace in Swahili.

Sponsor Shalia & Sulaiman for only $35 and help support all the animals at the Zoo. An animal sponsorship also makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion!

Limited-time sponsorship package includes:

  • An adorable plush-toy gorilla
  • A colorful fact sheet about western lowland gorillas
  • A 4-by-6 photo of Shalia & Sulaiman
  • A certificate of sponsorship
  • An invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors at the Zoo in August
  • Sponsor recognition on our “All in the Family” donor board for a year
  • A Sponsor an Animal decal

Send your gift anywhere in the continental United States for an extra $5 for shipping and handling (per package).

Plush-toy gorilla

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Sponsor Shalia & Sulaiman as a gift

If you prefer to mail your order in with a check, print off this convenient order form.

Sponsor an Animal

The tax-deductible portion of this sponsorship is $21. Plush-toy animals, photos and decals include 5.6% WI sales tax. Plush-toy, photo & decal offers good while supplies last.

Your contribution may qualify for matching gifts. Please check with your employer. The proceeds from the Sponsor an Animal program help all of the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo. In accordance with WI Statute Section 440.455, a financial statement of the Zoological Society will be provided upon request.

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