Choomba, 59-year-old gorilla in poor well being, euthanized by zoo

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 closely in recent days following a marked decline in her physical condition due to advanced arthritis and other age-related complications,” they stated in a press release.

It continued, “Given her poor prognosis and with concern for her comfort and quality of life, the teams made the extremely difficult decision to euthanize her.”

“This is an extremely difficult day for Zoo Atlanta and most particularly for Choomba’s care team, who knew her intimately and saw and cared for her daily with the greatest dedication,” stated Jennifer Mickelberg, Vice President of Collections and Conservation for the zoo.

Choomba was “sassy, strong, independent, feisty, and fiercely loyal to her family,” stated Jodi Carrigan, Associate Curator of Primates, based on a farewell post on Instagram. “She’ll be greatly missed.”

Choomba was dropped at Zoo Atlanta in the Eighties and have become matriarch to 4 generations of gorilla there.
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Choomba, a Western lowland gorilla, got here to Zoo Atlanta in 1988 and have become the matriarch of 4 generations after giving delivery to a few gorillas in her lifetime — Machi, Kudzoo and Sukari, all of whom nonetheless reside on the zoo. “Her descendants include grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild living at accredited zoos around 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 in their group — Ozzie, 61, now “the world’s oldest living male gorilla,” based on the zoo. Gorillas are thought-about “geriatric” after the age of 40, they famous.

“Choomba leaves a tremendous legacy at Zoo Atlanta, in the zoological gorilla population in North America, and in the hearts of those who knew her best,” stated Mickelberg.

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