On-suite bedrooms, penguins next door and a free food and cleaning service – these are some of the stats from the gorilla house at Bristol Zoo, being advertising on Rightmove as the inhabitants look to trade-up.
Bristol Zoo is looking to raise money to help build a new home for the gorillas, as they have outgrown their current house following the birth of Kukeña last September, and asked Rightmove to help raise awareness.
John Partridge, senior curator of animals at Bristol Zoo, said: “The refurbished gorilla house will offer an exciting, bigger space for the gorillas and will give our keepers and veterinary staff much greater flexibility in their day-to-day management and care of the group. This will, in turn, further improve the level of care and welfare we give our gorillas and will allow us to house a greater number of them in future.
“We have a growing gorilla family at Bristol Zoo, most recently with the birth of baby Kukeña in September 2011, and we would like the family to grow even more in the future. To do this, we want the indoor accommodation to be the best it possibly can be, so we are expanding the indoor gorilla enclosure, taking over the whole Grade II listed building which, until recently, also housed the Zoo’s okapis.”
The current home is being described as ‘in need of some modernisation’, while having ‘an extensive array of natural features and climbing facilities, and serves an ideal area to teach your children how to forage for food and to watch them play with their friends.’
Miles Shipside, Rightmove director, added: “We’ve had a range of interesting properties listed on Rightmove over the years but this one must be king of jungle when it comes to the strangest. In many ways it is not too dissimilar to the million or so properties we have on our site at any one time and highlights some desirable features such large outdoor space, water features and Grade 2 listed status. Being on Rightmove helps thousands of sellers every year and we’re hopeful that listing the gorilla’s house on our site will raise awareness for their home-moving plans.”