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Gorilla Grandmother Turns 50 Years Old

Mouila the gorilla is celebrating 50 years on this planet, an age that is thought to be equivalent to about 100 human years. A party for her included six other gorillas. A park employee, Charlotte Jones, said,” The gorillas were incredibly excited when we arrived at the enclosure with the piles of boxes and were making a lovely deep growling sound that they do when they are happy.” A news channel videotaped her opening presents.

She is an endangered Western lowland gorilla, living at an animal park in the UK. In the wild, there could be up to 200,000 of the species, but they are vulnerable to poaching and habitat destruction. (One estimate says there are about 550 living in zoos.)

Mouila has given birth to eight baby gorillas. She is included in a list of famous gorillas for having such a large family and living for many decades.

Head gorilla keeper at the park, Lorna Wanless, said, “I have worked with Mouilla for 11 years: She is the head female in the group and is certainly a strong character. She is a pleasure to work with and has had a lot of babies which is a big help towards conserving this critically endangered species.”

The animal park where she lives works with the Aspinall Foundation which relocates gorillas from captivity to the wild in Africa.

Image Credit: JoeBaz

Note: gorilla picture above is not Mouila. She’s famous and most her pictures are copyright protected.

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5:26PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Thanks, great to see animals returned to the wild.

12:31AM PDT on Oct 1, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:47PM PST on Dec 12, 2010

Happy birthday Granma!

8:32AM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

Beautiful:) Happy Birthday

12:37PM PDT on Aug 16, 2010

snow leopards in Pakistan, gorillas etc etc....Jake you are something else !! Thank you for letting us see this too. The hugs are incredible. Beautiful. Lucky you.

7:25PM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

This was so very touching to watch-cried all the way through-tears of happiness! Happy Birthday Dearest Mouila! Live and be safe with much happiness always and stay in good health along with your beautiful family!~ GREAT ONE, Jake!~

1:25PM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

It is fantastic that animals from captivity can be released back into the wild and thrive. I wish we did more of that.

9:33PM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

happy birthday...you see a vegetarian diet probably contributes to her old age..humans in the dark ages llife expectancy was 30 yrs old tops....

10:28AM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

Nice story! The video of the gorilla & the man who raised him was so touching I had to cry! Shows real love of an animal for man.

5:54AM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

Beautiful - Happy Birthday

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