Zoo Atlanta celebrates oldest living male gorilla

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Friday, June 13, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- Zoo Atlanta officials say they're throwing a birthday party for the world's oldest living male gorilla.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines says the zoo is hosting a party Sunday for Ozzie, a western lowland gorilla who turns 53-years-old this year. Officials say Ozzie was transferred to the zoo from an Emory University research center and has 10 surviving children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond King calls Ozzie a piece of living history who is an example of the evolution of the zoo's gorilla program.

Zoo Atlanta officials say fathers will be offered free admission with the purchase of any regularly-priced child or adult ticket on Sunday.

(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press)


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