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.


Melinda K.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks, great to see animals returned to the wild.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

Happy birthday Granma!

Jennifer P.
.7 years ago

Beautiful:) Happy Birthday

Raana F.
Raana Fancy7 years ago

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.

Laurie H.
Laurie H7 years ago

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!~

Melinda M.
Past Member 7 years ago

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

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

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....

Jane R.
Jane R7 years ago

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.

Donna O.
Donna O7 years ago

Beautiful - Happy Birthday