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Farewell to Delilah: Honouring the Legacy of Belfast Zoo's Oldest Gorilla

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Belfast Zoo regrets to announce the passing of Delilah, our beloved Western Lowland Gorilla who recently celebrated her remarkable 60th birthday in September. Delilah, one of the world’s oldest gorillas, owed her longevity to the dedicated care provided by the animal teams at Belfast Zoo, who are profoundly saddened by her loss. 

Having joined Belfast Zoo in 1992 as part of the inaugural gorilla group, Delilah endeared herself to both keepers and visitors during her 32-year tenure. Prior to her residence at the zoo, she captivated the nation on the popular show “Animal Magic” with Johnny Morris, shedding light on Western Lowland Gorillas and educating the public about this extraordinary species.

Listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, Western Lowland Gorillas have faced significant threats. Belfast Zoo has played a crucial role in conservation efforts for the past three decades through participation in the European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP). This initiative focuses on preserving a genetically diverse and healthy gorilla population, with Delilah contributing to this mission since her arrival at Belfast Zoo over 30 years ago from Bristol Zoo. Her legacy as an integral part of the conservation process will be remembered fondly.

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