AL AIN // It is the end of an era at Al Ain Zoo, where keepers have announced the passing of one of its most popular attractions – 41-year-old Lady, a lowland gorilla.
The much-loved primate, who liked nothing more than watching Barney the purple dinosaur on television, died in her sleep.
Lady arrived at the zoo in 1978 as a four-year-old and immediately became a firm favourite with keepers and visitors.
She had mostly lived alone since 1998 when her male companion, a gorilla named Maxi, died from natural causes.
Lady had become something of a institution at Al Ain Zoo, moving to a new enclosure in 2002 where she had a number of companions, including rabbits and a wallaby.
Remembering the zoo’s matriarch, a zoo spokesman said: “It is with sadness that Al Ain Zoo announces the passing away of perhaps its most loved animal, the lowland gorilla Lady.
“As a young infant, she was hand-reared by keepers. She was always well looked after and enjoyed being the centre of attention.”
Lowland gorillas, which are found across central Africa, live between 30 and 40 years in the wild, and up to the age of 60 in captivity, although this is rare.
Source: uae news