A female gorilla is believed to be the oldest animal of the species who died in confinement at age 63 on Wednesday.
Little Rock Zoo spokewoman, Susan Altrui, said the gorilla was known as Trudy was found dead by the guard when they checked the animal stables, Wednesday morning.
According to Altrui, Trudy was the oldest gorilla ever owned by the premises that receives the recognition of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, an international recognition organization.
“There is a possibility that other unrecognized zoos have older gorillas than Trudy but it’s quite impossible,” she said.
Trudy was taken to the Little Rock Zoo from Buffalo in 1988 with a male gorilla, Ollie for the purpose of breeding.
The former caretaker, Syd Tanner called Trudy as the ‘female leader’ for the male gorilla group.
Trudy was also among the last of the gorillas caught while still alive.
All the North American gorillas were born in the zoo.
The Little Rock Zoo was founded in 1926 and is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is home to more than 725 animals representing over 200 species, and covers an area of 33 acres.