Ambam is a silverback gorilla who lives with his family in Kent, England at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. In most photos Ambam looks just like the other gorillas, but if you watch him for a while you will see he has a special talent that truly makes him one of a kind. Ambam’s talent is walking upright on two legs, just like a human! At six feet tall and 476 pounds, Ambam standing on his two legs is a magnificent sight.
The zoo’s scientists believe Ambam learned this impressive trick all on his own, simply by watching and imitating the zoo keepers. His skills started out slowly. In the beginning, Ambam worked hard to balance on two legs. Once he had mastered that, Ambam took things a step further. Over time, he learned how to walk short distances. Now, much to the fascination of the zoo’s staff, Ambam can use his two legs to walk even greater distances.
Gorillas normally walk on all fours (quadrupedal), but all gorillas can stand and walk just using their legs to some degree. Ambam has a particular talent in that he can stand and walk very upright (most gorillas can’t stand fully erect). Though Ambam’s talent is by no means unique (he has siblings that also have this ability) it isn’t very common.
Standing up gives him a number of advantages such as looking over obstacles or looking for food, as well as having two free hands to carry objects (gorillas walking on all fours would find it awkward to carry objects). He sometimes seems to rather walk upright when the ground is wet so that his hands stay dry.
Think of all the new things this could lead to for him.
Ambam, the western lowland gorilla, has developed quite a large following after many of the zoo’s visitors recorded him walking all around his large enclosure. One of the videos that was posted by the park eventually went viral, and it was viewed by over a quarter of a million people! Ambam’s rapid rise to fame has significantly increased the number of visitors who come to The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. The park has welcomed the influx of people who are coming from all over to see Ambam’s extraordinary ability.