Trudy, oldest gorilla in captivity, dies at 63

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Trudy, believed to be the oldest Western Lowland gorilla in captivity, has died at age 63 at the Little Rock Zoo.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui says zookeepers found Trudy dead when they checked on her Wednesday morning.

Altrui says Trudy was the oldest gorilla in the records of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Altrui says it’s possible but highly unlikely non-accredited zoos have older gorillas.

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

Syd Tanner, one of Trudy’s 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, gorillas residing at zoos were born in captivity.

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This story was originally published on July 27, 2019

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