King Nyani

CURRENT LOCATION - Sept 2021 - Now
8400 W 31st St, Brookfield, IL 60513
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We are so excited to share with you the very first images of our beautiful King Nyani, the biggest gorilla statue in the world in NYC! He was installed all night and has now found a resting ground in the beautiful Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, ready to meet you all.

Inspired by King Kong, King Nyani is changing the narrative that gorillas and NYC share. Reaching out a giant hand, he is here not to dominate and destroy, but to build friendship and love, showing the real nature of gorillas. With his hand large enough to fit 3 people, the public will be able to look up into his gentle eyes and feel the safety that he brings to his family, an interactive experience like never before.

All gorillas are critically endangered and desperately need help. There may be only 1000 mountain gorilla left in the wild and fewer than 3800 eastern lowland gorillas. King Nyani brings the opportunity for Chicago to become the champions of all gorillas, helping to save one of our closest relatives.