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Gorilla hits grand old age of 20
Silverback gorilla
Ya Kwanza was conceived through artificial insemination
A gorilla from Jersey Zoo is celebrating his 20th birthday in the glare of the media spotlight.

Ya Kwanza was brought to Jersey from Australia in 1993 when he was nine-years-old.

The silverback was born in Melbourne Zoo in 1984 and was the first gorilla to be born in Australia.

He was also the first silverback gorilla to be conceived by artificial insemination anywhere in the world, guaranteeing fame around the globe.

That fame has continued since his arrival in the Channel Islands.

On Monday, a reporter from Australia's Herald Sun newspaper visited the silverback gorilla to mark his 20th birthday in photographs.

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