Ozzie, world’s oldest male gorilla, has died

Ozzie, the world’s oldest male gorilla, dies at age 61. (Zoo Atlanta)

The world’s oldest male gorilla has died. Zoo Atlanta said Ozzie was found deceased by his treatment staff on Tuesday. He was 61.

Veterinarians do not yet know the trigger of Ozzie’s death, but explained he did present a lower in urge for food last Thursday. The Animal Care and Veterinary Teams had been providing him with supportive care to encourage him to eat and drink.

“This is a devastating loss for Zoo Atlanta. Whilst we realized this time would come sometime, that inevitability does very little to stem the deep disappointment we sense at losing a legend,” stated Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “Ozzie’s life’s contributions are indelible, in the generations of individuals he leaves at the rear of in the gorilla population and in the world’s physique of information in the care of his species. Our views are with his care team, who have misplaced a element of their life and a element of their hearts.”

A necropsy will be performed by the sity of Ga Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Services in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. 

He was between the zoo’s gorilla population that examined favourable past year for COVID-19.


Ozzie, along with fellow gorilla Willie B. aided to make way for a spectacular rebirth of Zoo Atlanta in the 1980s. He was the only surviving member of the initial era of gorillas who arrived at Zoo Atlanta with the opening of The Ford African Rain Forest in 1988.

Ozzie, the world's oldest male gorilla, dies at age 61.

Ozzie, the world’s oldest male gorilla, dies at age 61. (Zoo Atlanta)

Zoo Atlanta said Ozzie built history in 2009 when he became the first gorilla to participate in a voluntary blood tension looking through. At the time, he was 48 and regarded as geriatric.

Ozzie is survived by daughter Kuchi sons Kekla, Stadi, and Charlie granddaughter Lulu fantastic-granddaughter Andi, and fantastic-grandson Floyd, all of whom are living at Zoo Atlanta. His legacy also includes small children, grandchildren, and good-grandchildren living at other accredited zoos in the U.S. and Canada. 


Ozzie, who lived to be the third-oldest gorilla in the world, aided Zoo Atlanta’s Gorilla Treatment Staff to understand about the care of geriatric gorillas, earning the group accolades and very sought in the field for their skills. The crew has also birthed 24 gorillas.

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered. In the wild, they encounter threats of poaching, illegal looking for the bushmeat trade, habitat loss and emerging ailments have reduced western lowland gorilla populations by 60 p.c, with declines of as much as 90 % in some pieces of their selection in western Africa.

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