Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Another rare Western Lowland gorilla dies at the Calgary Zoo

Another critically endangered gorilla has died at the Calgary Zoo.

Officials say Julia, a 37-year-old Western Lowland gorilla, suffered from severe liver disease.

Julia was one of the few remaining gorillas in captivity that was actually born in the wild.

Zoo officials say the remaining gorillas at the Calgary facility - Kakinga, Donge, Zuri and Barika - were given the opportunity to be with Julia's body to mourn.

Tabitha, another Western Lowland gorilla, died last month at the zoo of complications from an abscess on her brain.

During her life Julia gave birth to four offspring as part of the Species Survival Program.

Story here.

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