Monday, March 20, 2017
Mokolo, the lone remaining gorilla at the Cleveland Zoo.
Mokolo is a western lowland gorilla, and is 29 years old. His brother, Bebac, also lived at the zoo. Gorillas can live for 50 years or more, both in the wild and in captivity, though such a long lifespan is rare. In captivity, they are prone to heart disease. Both Bebac and Mokolo were diagnosed with heart disease about five years ago. To manage the condition, their diet was changed to favor fruits and vegetables, and they were forced to forage for food (rather than have it handed to them).
Bebac died on January 7, 2017, at the age of 32.