Disney to Hold Birthday Party for Its Oldest Gorilla

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If you’ve visited Walt Disney World Resort’s stunning Animal Kingdom Theme Park, chances are you’ve spotted Gino. The massive western lowland gorilla is preparing to celebrate his birthday, so Disney has decided to throw him a party!

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been home to thousands of animals since it opened 24 years ago. Gino was an opening-day animal at the Park and can be seen when visiting Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail through a large window which he regularly sits near for Guests of all ages to adore.

The 400-pound silverback is a fan favorite for Disney Guests and Cast Members, so it’s no wonder Disney is stepping up to celebrate the big guy’s birthday on December 30, 2021. Gino will be turning 41!

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Gino has helped with Disney’s conservation and species survival plan for gorillas around the globe as being one of the first gorillas in the world to allow the animal care team to perform cardiac ultrasounds without anesthesia. Disney notes, “Cardiac disease is one of the leading causes of death in gorillas, and anesthesia can place an extra burden on their heart. Gino’s contribution has paved the way for a more accurate reading of his own heart health, and these methods have been adopted by dozens of zoological facilities who have been able to train these behaviors with other gorillas for procedures without anesthesia.”

Check out one of the two Gino videos below:

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Of course, the beloved Gino deserves a birthday party! Disney announced they are celebrating Gino with a special birthday party noting, “On December 30, Gino will celebrate his 41st birthday, and we will celebrate his amazing and impactful legacy with a birthday party fit for a king, complete with a birthday “cake” and fans sharing their favorite memories and stories of Gino. Visit Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment Facebook page soon for more photos and videos from Gino’s birthday celebration.”

Here’s a video of Cast Members describing Gino’s personality:

Be sure to drop by Disney’s Animal Kingdom on December 30, 2021, to wish Gino and happy birthday and hopefully have a chance to spot him with his birthday cake!

Have you ever spotted Gino at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.