JoJo the Gorilla Moves from Chicago to Suburbs

Zoo officials hope he'll start a family once he's at Brookfield Zoo

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 10:51 AM CDT
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JoJo the Gorilla Moves from Chicago to Suburbs

Lincoln Park Zoo

JoJo the silverback gorilla

JoJo the silverback gorilla is leaving Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo for a new home in the suburbs.

And zoo officials hope he'll start a family once he's there.

The 31-year-old is being moved from the city's North Side to Brookfield Zoo in the western suburbs.

There are female gorillas at Brookfield who zoo officials hope the 485-pound ape will mate with.

Two female gorillas are also leaving Lincoln Park Zoo as part of a breeding program. They'll go to zoos in Kansas City and Columbus, Ohio.

A goodbye birthday party will be held for JoJo on April 10.

In more moves, two young male apes will arrive at Lincoln Park this summer to share a habitat with two other males who live there.

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