ZSL London Zoo mourns the loss of male gorilla
Friday 5 December 2008
ZSL London Zoo is devastated to announce the passing of its much-loved male gorilla, Bobby.
The 25-year-old silverback was found to have passed away in his nest by keepers during their early morning check.
Bongo Junior, affectionately known as Bobby, arrived at ZSL London Zoo from Bristol Zoo in 2003. He was a dearly loved resident of Gorilla Kingdom and will be sadly missed by all.
ZSL will be having a moment’s remembrance on Wednesday, December 10th at 3pm where visitors and staff can pay their respects to Bobby by laying a wreath in the courtyard.
Ralph Armond, Director General of ZSL, said: 'Staff, volunteers, members and the general public are devastated by the loss of ZSL London Zoo’s gentle giant. Bobby was a much-loved member of the ZSL family and leaves behind his family of keepers and three female gorillas, Mjukuu, nine, Effie, 15 and Zaire, 34.'
Read all of your amazing entries into Bobby's online book of condolence .