Gorillas: Columbus History (1950s – 1980s)

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Gorillas: Columbus History (1950s – 1980s)

This chart features some of the gorillas who lived at the Columbus Zoo in Powell (OH), United States from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Please note: The focus is on the most memorable events and notable individuals, shown with photos, and for that reason other gorillas who lived at the zoo at that period of time had to be omitted. Most of them, as well as their relations, are featured in my regular family trees for the Columbus Zoo. — Although Colo did not raise any of her own offspring, she reared her twin grandsons, Mosuba and Macombo II, from birth. Colo also acted as a guardian for her grandson J.J. (not in the chart). (Source: Wikipedia) — Cora‘s parents Oscar and Toni are full siblings. The twins’ parents are Oscar and Bridgette.

Colour Key – Black: males, red: females. Brown: date of arrival/birth. – Col = Columbus, TW = twins. – Arrows – Pointing from parents to their offspring.

This chart is based on the interactive online Gorilla Studbook by James R. Davis and the official International Studbook, published by Frankfurt Zoo. If you find a mistake, please let me know!

Images of Macombo and Millie (c) Columbus Zoo, published in the booklet Colo’s Story (2011), images of Mumbah, Sunshine and Toni (c) Jerry J Sieja, image of the twins (c) The Columbus Dispatch, other images from Jeff Lyttle’s highly interesting book Gorillas in Our Midst. The Story of the Columbus Zoo Gorillas (1997).

See more family trees on Gorilla Genealogy.