Choomba, a foremother of Zoo Atlanta’s gorilla household, has died at 59.
Zoo officers introduced that the aged primate was euthanized on Thursday following an sickness. Veterinarians “had been monitoring Choomba intently in latest days following a marked decline in her bodily situation attributable to superior arthritis and different age-related issues,” they mentioned in a press release.
It continued, “Given her poor prognosis and with concern for her consolation and high quality of life, the groups made the extraordinarily troublesome resolution to euthanize her.”
“That is a particularly troublesome day for Zoo Atlanta and most notably for Choomba’s care workforce, who knew her intimately and noticed and cared for her each day with the best dedication,” mentioned Jennifer Mickelberg, Vice President of Collections and Conservation for the zoo.
Choomba was “sassy, robust, unbiased, feisty, and fiercely loyal to her household,” mentioned Jodi Carrigan, Affiliate Curator of Primates, in keeping with a farewell put up on Instagram. “She’ll be vastly missed.”
Choomba, a Western lowland gorilla, got here to Zoo Atlanta in 1988 and have become the matriarch of 4 generations after giving beginning to a few gorillas in her lifetime — Machi, Kudzoo and Sukari, all of whom nonetheless reside on the zoo. “Her descendants embody grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild residing at accredited zoos across the U.S.,” the assertion added.
The zoo’s second oldest gorilla till her loss of life, Choomba had been partnered with one other senior of their group — Ozzie, 61, now “the world’s oldest residing male gorilla,” in keeping with the zoo. Gorillas are thought of “geriatric” after the age of 40, they famous.
“Choomba leaves an incredible legacy at Zoo Atlanta, within the zoological gorilla inhabitants in North America, and within the hearts of those that knew her finest,” mentioned Mickelberg.