LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - One of the Little Rock Zoo's female gorillas, Trudy, celebrates a big milestone in 2017 as she turns 61 years old.
This makes Trudy the oldest gorilla living in the care of humans.
"Trudy was brought from Africa as an infant in 1957, a practice which, fortunately, is no longer allowed," Little Rock Zoo Communications and Marketing Manager L. Lamor Williams said.
After residing at the St. Louis and Buffalo Zoos, Trudy arrived in Little Rock in 1988. The grand opening of the Great Ape Display in 1988 allowed Trudy and her mate, Ollie, to be the first gorillas ever exhibited in Arkansas.
Trudy's birthday is estimated to be June 1956. The Little Rock Zoo plans to throw her a 61st birthday party celebration this Saturday, June 17, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"While Trudy never had any offspring in Arkansas, she played an important role in the formation and longevity of one of the first multi-male gorilla groups, which are now commonly seen in zoos," Williams said.
Trudy remains in excellent health, and is enjoying her "retirement" in the Zoo's smaller gorilla yard, living with her male companion, Brutus.
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