Gorilla Warfare Erupts Between Cincinnati Zoo, Ape Advocates - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Dec 20, 2018

The Cincinnati Zoo is again making headlines, with another ape-related controversy hanging over the institution, Nonprofit Quarterly reports. The dispute stems from a disagreement with the Gorilla Foundation (GF) regarding custody of an adult silverback gorilla named Ndume — former mate and lifelong friend of the preeminent primate Koko, who was famously taught sign language by Jane Goodall. When Koko died in June, the zoo soon after requested that Ndume be brought back to Cincinnati, however, the foundation maintains that because of his age, it is too dangerous to transport him. The zoo subsequently filed suit against GF asking the court to return the gorilla to his former home. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg has ordered the parties to pursue a joint resolution, though communication between the organizations remains tenuous. The Cincinnati Zoo first came under fire for the controversy surrounding the death of the gorilla Harambe. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have both sided with the zoo because it is able to provide Ndume the necessary socialization with other gorillas, whereas GF has no other gorillas.