Monday 19 August 2019

Trudy, believed to be oldest gorilla in captivity, dies aged 63

Keepers called her the ‘boss lady’ of her all-male group.

Trudy was believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity (Catherine Hopkins/Little Rock Zoo/AP)
Trudy was believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity (Catherine Hopkins/Little Rock Zoo/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A gorilla named Trudy, believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity, has died at the age of 63 in the US.

A spokeswoman for The Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas said zookeepers found Trudy dead when they checked on her on Wednesday morning.

Susan Altrui said Trudy was the oldest gorilla in the records of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an international accrediting organisation.

Ms Altrui said it is possible but highly unlikely non-accredited zoos have older gorillas.

Trudy came to the Little Rock Zoo from Buffalo in 1988 with a male gorilla, Ollie, on a breeding loan.

Syd Tanner, one of her former keepers, called her the “boss lady” of her all-male group.

Trudy was also one of the last gorillas captured in the wild.

Today, North American gorillas are born in zoos.

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