Grace the Gorilla Celebrates 1st Birthday at Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is sharing a recent celebration of one of its gorillas, Grace.

Due to the park closure, the team was able to throw her a special princess-themed birthday party for her first birthday.

The team created a cardboard princess carriage attached to plastic horses by paper chains for Grace and her family to play with. There was also a cardboard castle and colorful piñata. The materials we used in the decorations are enrichment items we give the gorillas as a special treat – perfect for a birthday surprise!

Grace’s birthday “cake” was made of three layers of ice treats – blocks of ice with berries and currants for the gorillas to pick out as the ice melts.

Grace is named after the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE), a gorilla sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is dedicated to helping gorillas orphaned by poaching.

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