Colo, the first gorilla who was born in a zoo recently turned 56.
Colo is the oldest gorilla in any zoo. She was born on December 22, 1956, when Christina, a 280 pound gorilla which was captured in the French Cameroons gave birth to her while in captivity. The name Colo was given from a children’s contest, and it came from Col(umbus), O(hio).
The gorilla had three of her offspring’s in 1968, and Colo has been a grandmother since 1979. Colo, although by choice lives alone, is often visited by her daughter.
The Association of Zoos and Aquarium shares that the female western lowland gorilla celebrated her birthday with special treats at her home in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo also brought in a cake specially prepared for Colo. There were other gifts for the gorilla as well, such as her favorite food of tomatoes . The zoo also brought in guests who happily sang for Colo “Happy Birthday”.
There have been 35 gorillas born in the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium since 1956. The zoo houses 15 primates into three groups, and although captive breeding has been successful, the animals are endangered in the wild.