Raising America's Zoo

FROM JUNGLE TO ZOO

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Join this riveting adventure depicting the renaissance of The National Zoo in Washington, DC

In 1955, a young Marine ventured into the Belgian Congo on a month-long adventure safari to view Africa’s diverse wildlife. He boarded a commercial airliner carrying a pair of baby gorillas in each arm. Their destination was the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. It was the beginning of dramatic changes for the gorillas and for the zoo that would be their forever home.

Raising America’s Zoo shares the stories of heartbreak and triumphs of these first-generation zoo gorillas and their caregivers. It's a story of compassion and conservation of captive animals and their wild relatives. 

Witness the National Zoo’s journey of limited capacity, joyful discoveries and urgent deadlines to preserve western lowland gorillas, who are just one step away from extinction in the wild.

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A NEVER TOLD STORY OF MAN, APE & ZOO

Immerse yourself in the evolution of our Nation's Zoo

The journey from Africa to America was the beginning of dramatic changes for two young gorillas and the struggling zoo in the midst of modernization, from a menagerie-type park to an internationally-respected center for science, education and conservation.

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