Happy Birthday Ambam!
Ambam the largest silverback gorilla at Port Lympne Reserve and internet sensation for his famous walk, celebrates his 27th birthday on Friday 14th April 2017.
Known for his huge appetite, Ambam was presented a two-tiered carrot cake topped with his favourite food of choice, hard boiled eggs.
The western lowland gorilla has found fame as a YouTube sensation, with videos going viral of him walking like a human now amassing to a huge 16 million views. Although all gorillas can walk just using their legs, Ambam is able to stand and walk upright, enabling him to gain a height advantage to reach things or if his hands are full it makes it easier to move around. When standing fully erect he's about 5'9".
Ambam was born at Howletts on 14th April 1990 to mother Shamba and father Bitam but due to ill health in his 1st year had to be hand-reared by one of the keepers. After being looked after at a young age, he was then introduced to a group of other hand-reared gorillas, some of whom he moved over to Port Lympne with to form a bachelor group at the age of seven.