The 350-pound western lowland gorilla’s cause of death is not yet known
, the zoo said in a comunicato stampa
Ozzie was considered a true legend at the zoo and was the only surviving member of the original generation of gorillas who arrived with the opening of its Ford African Rain Forest in 1988, secondo il comunicato.
Last week staff noticed a decline in Ozzie’s appetite and were encouraging him to eat, secondo lo zoo.
“Negli ultimi 24 ore, the teams had been treating him when he presented symptoms including facial swelling
, debolezza, and inability to eat or drink
,” legge the release
. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death
Ozzie’s death comes just days after his habitat-mate
, Choomba, was euthanized due to a decline in her health
. Lei era 59. The two lived together in the same habitat area at Zoo Atlanta and had been together for more than 15 anni
Ozzie was frequently seen by visitors napping in his favorite space
— his wood-wool pile
. His favorite treats included oranges and cabbage
. And he communicated with staff by using
” vocalizations and a series of characteristic raps on doors or windows
, secondo il suo biography on the zoo’s website.
“This is a devastating loss for Zoo Atlanta. While we knew this time would come someday, that inevitability does nothing to stem the deep sadness we feel at losing a legend,” Raymond B. re, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta, ha detto nel comunicato stampa.
“Ozzie’s life’s contributions are indelible, in the generations of individuals he leaves behind in the gorilla population and in the world’s body of knowledge in the care of his species. Our thoughts are with his care team, who have lost a part of their lives and a part of their hearts.”
The western lowland gorilla is listed as critically endangered
, secondo il World Wildlife Fund
(WWF). Due to poaching and disease
, the species population declined more than
60% over the last
20-25 anni, according to WWF.
Ozzie has more than
, secondo lo zoo
. He is survived by daughter Kuchi
; sons Kekla
, and Charlie
; granddaughter Lulu
; great-granddaughter Andi
, and great-grandson Floyd
, all of whom live at Zoo Atlanta
, secondo il comunicato. The rest of his offspring live at other accredited zoos in the US and Canada