Courtesy of the Columbus Zoo Western Lowland Gorillas — Average Life Span 50 Years. A Western Lowland Gorilla’s life expectancy is approximately 50 years, which is commendable. At age 55, a gorilla named Colo is the oldest gorilla living in captivity. Colo's other claim to fame is that she was the first gorilla born in captivity. The popular gorilla was born at the Columbus Zoo in 1956 and has been there ever since.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Zoo has announced some very sad news: Colo, the world's oldest zoo gorilla, has died. The zoo posted on its Facebook page: "It is with great sadness we report that the oldest gorilla in the world, Colo, passed away in her sleep overnight. Colo was the first gorilla born in human care and she exceeded her normal life expectancy by more than two decades."
The world's first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the U.S., has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday.Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than a month after her birthday, the zoo announced. She surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades."Colo touched the hearts of generations of people who...
Death:December 22, 1956 – January 17, 2017: Colo: in 1956, Colo made history, becoming the world’s first gorilla born in a zoo. She bewildered animal experts and captivated the hearts of Americans for more than half a century, exceeding her life expectancy by two decades and living long enough to become a great-great grandmother.She departed in her sleep overnight, less than a month after celebrating her 60th birthday.