Beloved elderly gorilla dies at Utah zoo

SALT LAKE Metropolis — A beloved female 44-calendar year-outdated western lowland gorilla passed absent at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Born November 2, 1977, at the Lincoln Park Zoo, ‘Jo Ray K’ arrived to Utah’s Hogle Zoo in 2011 from the Denver Zoo, according to a news launch.

At the age of 44, Jo Ray K was considered elderly for a gorilla, as their median life expectancy in the wild is 35 decades outdated.

In accordance to Hogle Zoo, Jo Ray K had designed continual ailments about the many years this kind of as dental ailment, lessened mobility, weak spot and demonstrating confusion and her prolonged-phrase overall health situations had been taken care of daily.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo

Jo Ray K, an aged gorilla passed absent at the age of 44.

“When the animal care staff members, zoo administration, and the zoo’s Director of Animal Wellness, Dr. Erika Criminal identified that her problem had declined appreciably, the hard decision to humanely euthanize her was produced on February 21, 2022,” the zoo’s statement browse. “Jo Ray K leaves powering a long lasting legacy as the matriarch of the troop, mom of Jabali (18- year- previous female), and grandmother to Georgia (19-month-aged feminine). Jo Ray K contributed notably to the gorilla inhabitants within just the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).”

Ahead of she arrived to Utah’s Hogle Zoo, she created 6 other offspring.

“Jo Ray K’s care group will don’t forget her spunky and sassy identity. She not only captured the hearts of her troop and keepers, but also the hearts of many guests that visited her commonly,” explained Erin Jones, Director of Animal Treatment, “Jo Ray K was definitely an ambassador for her species in the wild. She will constantly be acknowledged, honored and remembered as Queen Jo.”

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Utah’s Hogle Zoo

Jo Ray K, an aged gorilla handed away at age 44.

Like numerous geriatric animals, in accordance to the zoo, Jo Ray K was under specialised care for a range of well being ailments and modifications had been built within just the great ape habitat to assistance her navigate and increase her convenience. She participated in day by day well being treatment by having medications to help her health and one particular medication to gradual signals of dementia.

According Dr. Criminal, “Jo Ray K held us on our toes as we strived to deliver her fantastic care. The staff members assisted her as a result of the continual decline until it was time to peacefully say goodbye.”

The zoo claimed a whole necropsy will be performed, and posthumously, she will participate in AZA’s Fantastic Ape Neuroscience Task whose purpose is to study brain related disorders in great apes.