Wednesday, 25 July 2012 3:45 PM
Gorillas and humans have a lot in common.
We share 98 per cent of our DNA, but there are other likenesses.
Apparently humans are not the only ones to list their houses for sale on Rightmove.
Our property of the week is no ordinary home, mainly because it plays host to a family of gorillas and is located at Bristol Zoo.
However in a unique twist the property has been listed up on Rightmove, in an attempt to raise money.
Resident gorillas Silverback and Jock, welcomed the arrival of a new baby boy Kukeña in September last year.
With a new baby on the scene the zoo's other youngsters, Namoki, Komale and Kera are starting to feel a little cramped.
Bristol Zoo is hoping to solve the problem and expand their accommodation. We suggest a four-bed with a decent sized garden.
Here is their current residence:
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.”
Features listed on right move include en-suite bedrooms, friendly neighbours (penguins and hippos), and free food plus cleaning.
That's in addition to a large outdoor space which encompasses a climbing frame, stream, moat and rope swings.
Rightmove director Miles Shipside comments: “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.”
To donate £5 to the project text "Zoo Ape £5" to 70444, or visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/gorilla-house.