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Jambo the gorilla at Jersey Zoo, 3 August 1992

Jambo the gorilla at Jersey Zoo, 3 August 1992
mhale, 11 Jan 2009
    • Pertinax
      you took this photo just over a month before he died.
    • mhale
      Yes, I know. I feel very honoured to have been able to see him before his untimely death :(
    • Pertinax
      I was at Bristol zoo the day that young female Nadia died.

      I went to Chessington one day and saw the female Lomie- I heard later she died the next day..

      I saw Kijo at Howletts last October- he was dead two months later.

      I saw Joe and SamSam at Twycross last June- they were both dead within a couple of months.

      Is it me....?
    • mhale
      No, it isn't you ...

      ... as you pointed out, I saw Jambo at Jersey Zoo on 3 August 1992 and he died on 16 September 1992.

      I was at Bristol Zoo on 26 June 1994 - Nadia died on 5 July 1994, Daniel died on 22 August 1994 and Jason died on 9 December 1994.

      I was at Blackpool Zoo on 7 September 2002 - Kukee died on 7 January 2003.

      So, there have been several occasions where I have seen gorillas and they have died within 6 months as well (though, thankfully, not recently) :(

      I so enjoyed seeing the gorillas at Bristol and Paignton again last weekend, and I will be visiting Port Lympne on 16 May (as a freebie from the John Aspinall Foundation), so gorillas are back on my radar this year :):D
    • Pertinax
      virtually all those Gorillas I mentioned above looked fit and healthy when I saw them for the last time. They often seem to die very suddenly without visible illness.
    • Jacobea
      Seems odd that three gorillas died at Bristol within a short time (unless I've misread it again!).
    • Pertinax
      No, you didn't misread it. But the three deaths weren't connected.
      'Nadia' was a two and half year old baby. She had some sort of virus.
      'Daniel' (Nadia's father)was 23 and in his prime- he collapsed from some sort of brain haemorrhage.
      'Jason' was an older silverback(originally Chester's) I think he died from Pneumonia.

      Another odd occurrence- I once photographed the female 'Salome' at London Zoo (she is now at Bristol) an the next day she had a stillbirth-I think they were unaware she was pregnant that time. That was before the birth of her first live baby.
    • PAT
      A lot of animals will try and hide their illness or injuries right up until they drop dead.
    • tomzoo123
      Looking at pictures of jerseys gorillas, they seem like huge gorillas. What type were they? western lowland?
    • taun
      As far as am aware there is only two specimens in Europe that are not Western Lowland gorilla's.
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