The great apes are large, tailless primates with the males usually being larger and stronger than females. Most species are omnivorous, but fruit is the preferred food among all but some human groups. The young are born helpless, and they must be cared for long periods of time. Females typically give birth only once every few years and there is no distinct breeding season.
The Zoo’s Great Apes Building and outdoor yards house two species of great ape: