Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Rare Bonobo Dies at Jacksonville Zoo

A member of the Jacksonville Zoo family has died. The oldest member of the Bonobo family was 34-years old.

Bo was found first thing Friday morning lying in his favorite hammock in the Bonobo night house of the Great Ape area.

He was born in the African Republic of the Congo in 1971 and came to the Zoo in 1998 from Yerkes Regional Primate Center. He had been under treatment for heart disease for several years and had also been treated for hypothyroidism.

A post-mortem examination indicates that the likely cause of death is associated with chronic heart disease.

Story here.

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