A Gorilla Goodbye
A fond farewell to female gorilla Kowali, who moved yesterday to a new home at Knoxville Zoo! She’s joining a gorilla group there through a recommendation from the Gorilla Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout North America.
Born at Lincoln Park Zoo in 1978, Kowali was the daughter of Kumba (the first gorilla born at Lincoln Park Zoo) and Frank. She’s also the mom of current residents Rollie and bachelor male Amare.
Kowali will be missed at Regenstein Center for African Apes, but this move, like all SSP planning, is based on what’s best for this endangered population. We know our partners at Knoxville Zoo will give her the best in care.