Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden is a 99 hectares zoo located near the palace of Mysore. The zoo was opened to the public in 1902 and is currently member of the CZA (Central Zoo Authority of India), which is, at the same time, affiliated to the WAZA. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Southern India, and is home to about 1100 animals and a wide range of species such as giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, white rhinos, baboons or asian elephants. Their first gorillas arrived in February 1977 from Stuttgart (Germany), and they were an adult couple called Diana and Tschamba. Diana was the only female residing at the park, andalthoughshe lived together with three males till she died in 2000, she never got to get pregnant.
The enclosure for gorillas has an outdoor and an indoor part. The outdoor part consists on a flat prairie with grass as substratum and some trees. There are also some climbing structures, a swing and a tree trunk used as enviromental enrichment. Visitors are separated from animals by a pit.