Zoo welcomes endangered gorilla baby
Surrogate bonds with baby gorilla rejected by mother
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old gorilla at a Florida zoo has become a surrogate mother to a baby gorilla whose mother hasn't shown sufficient interest in her baby.
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio zoo and a California group the zoo loaned a male silverback gorilla to in 1991 have agreed on a plan for the gorilla's court-ordered return to the zoo.
Judge: Companion of late gorilla Koko must go back to zoo
CINCINNATI (AP) — A male silverback gorilla loaned to a California group in 1991 as a possible mate for Koko, the gorilla who astounded the world by learning sign language, must be returned to a zoo in Cincinnati, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday.
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Judge: Solve dispute over pal to sign-language gorilla Koko
CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has ordered the Cincinnati Zoo and a conservatory to resolve a custody dispute over a gorilla loaned as a companion to the late Koko, who was famous for mastering sign language.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg recommended out-of-court mediation Monday, writing that the zoo and The Gorilla Foundation appear to value what's best for the 37-year-old silverback gorilla named Ndume. The organizations have until Thursday to submit a joint proposal.
Zoo suing for gorilla’s return asks for ruling without trial
CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for an Ohio zoo suing a conservatory for the return of a gorilla are asking a judge to rule in the zoo's favor without going to trial.
The Cincinnati Zoo sued The Gorilla Foundation in October for the return of the silverback gorilla who served as a companion to Koko, the late ape famed for mastering sign language. The 37-year-old Ndume was loaned to the California-based foundation in 1991 under a contract that was revised to guarantee his transfer after Koko's death.
Virunga National Park says ranger killed in militia attack
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A wildlife park in eastern Congo that is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas says a park ranger has been killed after an attack by armed militia at a ranger post on Lake Edward.
Virunga National Park said the situation has been stabilized and an investigation into Wednesday morning's attack has been opened. It said Kasereka Masumbuko Ezechiel has worked at the park since 2012, expressing gratitude for his service and sending condolences to his family.
Moscow Zoo welcomes rare baby lowland gorilla
Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up
WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say.
Cincinnati Zoo sues for return of Koko’s gorilla companion
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo is suing for the return of a gorilla loaned to a California conservatory as a companion for Koko, the late gorilla famed for mastering sign language.
In a complaint filed Thursday against The Gorilla Foundation, attorneys for the Cincinnati Zoo said Ndume, a 37-year-old silverback gorilla, has lived in isolation to his detriment since Koko's death in June.
Endangered western lowland gorilla born at Florida zoo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A critically endangered western lowland gorilla at a Florida zoo has given birth.
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Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda (AP) — Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors.
Earlier this year the WWF conservation group said the mountain gorilla subspecies was making a comeback, with numbers above 600 from an estimated 480 in 2010 in the Virunga Massif, a mountainous area encompassing parts of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
Zoo is ‘setting the standard’ for animal wellness in exhibit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Suddenly, the bonobos were shrieking.
Maybe the small chimpanzees were welcoming the small crowd gathering for the opening of their new African Forest digs at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Or maybe they were commenting on its centerpiece, the 50-foot, replica Kapok tree on which they were literally hanging out.
"The excitement is building," said a voice in the crowd.
Gorilla originally born at Cincinnati Zoo set to return home
CINCINNATI (AP) — A silverback gorilla that was born at the Cincinnati Zoo is headed back to that zoo following the death of the famed gorilla Koko.
The 37-year-old gorilla Ndume (nnn-DOO'-may) was born in Cincinnati in 1981, before moving to California in 1991 to serve as a social companion for Koko. The Gorilla Species Survival Plan recommended Ndume move back to Cincinnati following Koko's death in June.
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PRAGUE (AP) — Gorillas at Prague's zoo are keeping cool during the European heat wave by eating sorbet.
The zoo's eight Western lowland gorillas have been getting the treat almost every day during the summer in small plastic pots.
But zookeepers tried something new on Monday, presenting the gorillas with two big blocks of frozen water with a mixture of various fruits in it that are hanging from ropes in their enclosure.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo's Virunga National Park has announced the birth of two baby gorillas, saying this brings to nine the total of mountain gorillas born this year.
The park said this week that 19-year-old Kayenga gave birth to a boy, her third child in the Bageni group which now has 30 members. The park said 8-year-old Anangana gave birth to her first baby, a girl, which brings the Humba group to 11 members.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A female western lowland gorilla is making her debut at the Los Angeles Zoo.
The 24-year-old gorilla named Ndjia (in-jee-uh) was presented in her new habitat Thursday.
She was brought from the San Diego Zoo on May 9 to be paired with the Los Angeles Zoo's male silverback gorilla, Kelly, under a program that breeds western lowland gorillas, a species considered critically endangered in the wild.
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BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A baby gorilla born a month ago at a zoo in suburban Chicago has been named Ali.
Brookfield Zoo says a donor chose the name of the western lowland gorilla that was born June 1.
Zoo spokeswoman Sondra Katzen says she doesn't know why Ali was the name chosen.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46.
Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler.
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Gorilla deaths at Milwaukee zoo linked to E.coli
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Zoo says the deaths of two lowland gorillas have been linked to gastrointestinal infections likely caused by E.coli in their water supply.
The zoo Thursday released results of necropsies of the 31-year-old male gorilla Cassius who died April 12 and 17-year-old female Naku, who died April 28.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A new survey shows Africa's critically endangered mountain gorillas have exceeded 1,000 after conservation efforts, making them the only great ape in the world considered to be growing in number.
The WWF says mountain gorilla numbers have increased to 604 from an estimated 480 in 2010 in the Virunga Massif, a hilly area encompassing parts of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
Visitors to zoo witness gorilla birth in exhibit
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Visitors at a Pittsburgh zoo got a surprise when they witnessed a gorilla giving birth in the exhibit area.
Moka, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her third baby Friday morning.
The zoo says Moka is very attentive and has been encouraging her baby to nurse.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officials at Milwaukee County Zoo are trying to determine whether the recent deaths of two of the zoo's gorillas are related.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought.
Maybe not for long: The same study found a 19 percent plunge in that gorilla population in just eight years.
Uganda counts gorillas amid tourism-boosting ‘baby boom’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates.
The last census in 2011 showed the East African country had 480 mountain gorillas in two protected areas, or about half of the world's surviving population. The others are in neighboring Rwanda and Congo's forested mountain areas.
Western Lowland Gorilla born at zoo
WASHINGTON (AP) — A western lowland gorilla was born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C.
News outlets report Moke (Mo-KEY) was born Sunday. Zoo officials say his name means "little one" or "junior" in Lingala, which is a Bantu language.
Moke's parents, Calaya and Baraka, were bred following a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.
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Male gorilla dies at Milwaukee County Zoo
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A male gorilla has died at the Milwaukee County Zoo after experiencing some health problems.
Zoo officials say 31-year-old Cassius died sometime Thursday night. His exact cause of death is unknown. But in recent days he had not been interested in food or water.
An exam found his heart might not have been fully contracting, and he experienced decreased liver and kidney function. Full exam results will be available in coming weeks.
Fatou the gorilla celebrates 61st birthday at Berlin zoo
BERLIN (AP) — Fatou the gorilla, believed to be one of the world's oldest, is celebrating her 61st birthday at Berlin's zoo — nearly six decades after she found her way to Germany from a French bar.
Zookeepers on Friday presented Fatou a rice cake decorated with the number 61 in fruit.
The zoo says she shares the title of world's oldest female gorilla with Trudy, a gorilla at the zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas.
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 50-year-old gorilla that was one of the oldest gorillas in a North American zoo has died.
The Chicago Zoological Society says Ramar, a western lowland gorilla living at the Brookfield Zoo, was euthanized on Thursday after a series of chronic, age-related health problems.
First gorilla at North Carolina Zoo euthanized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The first gorilla to live at the North Carolina Zoo has been euthanized.
Local news outlets report The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago said on its Twitter page that Ramar was euthanized on Thursday, calling it a difficult decision.
According to the Chicago zoo, Ramar was suffering from degenerative arthritis in his knees, had heart disease and had recently stopped eating. In addition, an examination found a blockage in his bowels.
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Movie Minute: ‘Rampage’ v. ‘Truth or Dare’ at the box office this weekend
Movie Minute: 'Rampage' v. 'Truth or Dare' at the box office this weekend
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Remember playing "Rampage" at the arcade back in the 1980s?
The classic video game has been turned into a big-budget action movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Among the new releases, the film is expected to take the gorilla's share of the box office this weekend.
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Usually paired with smaller companions like Kevin Hart or Moana, Dwayne Johnson is for once the diminutive one in "Rampage," a hopelessly bland and bizarrely self-serious monster movie.
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo say five park rangers and a driver have been killed in an attack at the Virunga National Park.
The park, which is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, confirmed the ambush Monday in a statement. It said a sixth ranger was wounded.
Leo the gorilla dies at Seattle zoo after brief illness
SEATTLE (AP) — The 360-pound lead gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle who became the adoptive father of a 2-year-old gorilla has died.
Zoo officials say 40-year-old Leo died Thursday after a brief illness.
The silverback gorilla, whose full name was Leonel, came to the zoo in 2008. His family group included 22-year-old female gorilla Nadiri, her 2-year-old daughter, Yola, and 16-year-old female Akenji.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A male gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo is taking a stand against dirty hands by opting to walk on two legs.
Apparently, 18-year-old Louis is a clean freak.
When Louis has his hands full of tomatoes or other snacks, he walks upright like a human to keep food and hands clean, rather than the typical gorilla stance of leaning forward on his knuckles.
On a Friday morning in February, Ajari, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla at the Houston Zoo, is being wheeled into an exam room at the on-site animal hospital.
South Carolina zoo gets ready to welcome 1st baby gorilla
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina zoo says a new baby gorilla is on its way.
Riverbanks Zoo says a 12-year-old gorilla named Kazi has been pregnant for about four or five months. Her baby is due likely sometime in June.
Veterinarians say the gorilla is in good health and there are no complications so far, but first-time gorilla mothers are more likely to suffer complications.