May 20, 2015 |
The long: The latest addition to the Philadelphia Zoo's 3,000-foot overhead trail system - already used by tigers, lions, lemurs and orangutans - gives five resident gorillas space to step out of the Primate Reserve and onto netted platforms overhead. The short: It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a silverback! The deets: Twelve-foot-high platform, enclosed by "extremely strong" (according to Zoo COO Andy Baker), stainless-steel wire mesh, stretches 300 feet from the back of chez gorilla north to Bird Lake.
February 16, 1990 |
When fictional California movie couples Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice needed to spice up their love lives, they attended a group therapy session advocating the joys of natural, spontaneous behavior. When trendy California primates Alvila and Memba sensed their relationship needed some zip, they flew in from the San Diego Zoo for a 24-month group therapy session with the Philadelphia Zoo's extended family of Western African lowland gorillas. "We're rooting for our Jessica to help them enhance their sex life.
June 13, 2000
A possibly-broken-hearted 30-year-old single female is being forced to reproduce in a cage with a chest-thumping 16-year-old alpha male, while the whole world is watching - and we wonder why she's playing hard to get? Note to Demba: You go, gorilla.
April 16, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has given birth for the second time in as many years. Zoo officials said Monday they did not know the gender of the baby because they had not gotten close enough to Moka, the mother, to find out. Officials are keeping their distance while the baby bonds with Moka, zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said. Moka will likely carry the baby on her chest for three months. The same gorilla gave birth to a male last year, but that baby died after four months.
December 1, 1999 |
Chaka is in mourning. But Demba is there to comfort him. Chaka's ex, Rosie, a female gorilla at the Cincinnatti Zoo, gave birth Nov. 17 to a bouncing baby girl gorilla, Chaka's ninth offspring. But Sunday night, just hours after nursing from her mother, the baby died. Cincinnati Zoo officials announced the infant's death yesterday and said a necropsy had been done but results will not be available until tissue samples have been analyzed. In Philadelphia, zoo officials hope Demba, an "older gorilla" at 29, will make Chaka, 15, a father for the 10th time someday - and begin a new simian family to replace the primates killed in the disastrous Christmas Eve, 1995, zoo fire.
July 31, 1995 |
It's worked with humans, tigers, elands and bongos. Now officials at the Cincinnati Zoo are awaiting the birth of the world's first test-tube gorilla. The zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife announced last week that it had successfully implanted an embryo fertilized outside the womb into a lowland gorilla. The baby gorilla is due in December. The announcement came 17 years to the day after the birth of the world's first test-tube human, Louise Brown. "A lot of times, research goes from animals to humans," said project director Betsy Dresser.
January 18, 1990 |
It is whiz-kid hour at General High, Suburbs U.S.A. Six teenagers are zapping answers back at their teacher, demonstrating their knowledge of inductive reasoning, Platonic dualism and everything else they need to know to get ahead in life. The teacher asks them about their heritage; they can rattle off that information as well: Rudy, for instance, is 20 percent Irish, 80 percent German. Then it comes time for Buzz to tell his story, and it stops the interrogation dead in its tracks.
September 23, 1993 |
Two items in the news last week suggest that where race matters are concerned, America still has plenty of work to do. If you're already moving on to the next page, stiffling a yawn, or feeling a visceral fury at me for use of the R-word, you are part of the problem. You should read on. You probably won't. The first item in the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 14 was headlined "Losing Ground. " It asserted that in the latest recession - which officially ended in March 1991 - only African-Americans suffered a net loss of jobs.
August 11, 2013 |
A gorilla that the Philadelphia Zoo was trying to mate with a newly arrived female died suddenly Friday, zoo officials said. Jabari, a 28-year-old western lowland gorilla, had shown signs of mouth or throat discomfort and apparently lost his appetite Thursday. That led to a full examination under anesthesia Friday, officials said. While anesthetized, Jabari stopped breathing and could not be resuscitated, officials said. "As soon as he fell asleep, we knew there was something dramatically wrong," said Keith Hinshaw, the zoo's senior veterinarian.
June 1, 1999 |
When Chaka the gorilla left the Philadelphia Zoo five years ago for a new life in Cincinnati, Debra Bambrick-Pytlewski didn't fret. "I knew in my heart Chaka some day would return home to Philadelphia," said Bambrick-Pytlewski, who lives in Harrowgate Park. "I sensed the odds were good. " Well, the odds have always been with Bambrick-Pytlewski, who 15 years ago beat 10,000 other contestants to win a Daily News-Philadelphia Zoo contest to name Chaka. "Call him Chaka!" wrote Bambrick-Pytlewski, then 15. That's how the baby African lowland gorilla, the son of John and Samantha, got his name in July 1984.