The Audubon Zoo is part of the Audubon Nature Institute which also manages the Aquarium of the Americas. The zoo covers 58 acres (23 ha) and is home to 2,000 animals. It is located in a section of Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans, on the Mississippi riverside. The zoo and park are named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821. This zoo is member of WAZA and AZA and some of their animal species include elephants, leopards, komodo dragons, tigers, orangutans or lions. The first gorillas that arrived to Audubon Zoo were a couple imported directly from Africa in November 1972 and they were named Molly and Scotty. Abunawas, a male gorilla, became the first baby of this species at Audubon Zoo when he was born in November 1983 to parents Fanya and Akbar (altough he was hand reared).
Audubon Zoo keeps a group of three gorillas: