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Bristol Zoo’s baby gorilla Kukena is about to celebrate his fourth birthday.
Kukena was born on September 27th, 2011 to mum Salome and the troops’ silverback Jock.
Jock and Salome are genetically important gorillas because their genetic lines aren’t highly represented in the European breeding programme for this species and as a result so is their offspring.
Kukena is a lovely cheeky young male. He is full of character and enjoys playing with all members of our group, including the other females we have.
Increasingly over the last year we have also seen him spending more and more time with ‘the boys’ – Jock and Kukena’s older brother Komale, who turns nine years old at the end of the year.
He still shares a nest with mum Salome but he is becoming increasingly independent.
Longleat Safari Park has announced that crowd favourite Boulas the gorilla has died
The 27-year-old male Western lowland gorilla Boulas died yesterday. Early indications are that he died of respiratory failure related to an undiagnosed abscess in his throat.
A full post mortem is being carried out.
Longleat’s Director of Animal Operations, Jon Cracknell, said: “This is a tragic loss and a cause for great sadness across the entire safari park.
“Boulas’ keepers in particular have been devastated by the death of an individual they worked and lived with every day.”
Boulas had undergone a standard veterinary procedure to treat a suspected dental abscess. Following recovery he suffered severe respiratory problems and despite the best efforts of the veterinary team, it was not possible to save him.
Boulas arrived at Longleat in 2012 from Twycross Zoo as part of a new state-of-the-art Gorilla Colony.
Just a few months ago gorillas were taking over Torbay and Exeter. The colourful statues designed by artists became a major tourist attraction, with thousands of people visiting to take their photographs with them.
Tonight they're being auctioned off for charity at Paignton's Palace Theatre. Our reporter Richard Lawrence went to see them before the auction began.