Ene 282018
 

El jueves pasado el San Diego Zoo Safari Park se enlutó por la muerte de uno de los animales «estrella» del mundo: la gorila Vila. El animal había nacido en el ’57 en el Congo y vivía en cautiverio en tierras norteamericanas desde pequeña.

The matriarch of the western lowland gorilla troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park snacks on an ice cupcake this morning, during a celebration to mark her 58th birthday. The Safari Park’s Nutrition Services department made an elaborate ice cake, but Vila (pronounced VEE-la) was more interested in the tiny treats of frozen fruit frosted with pureed banana and sweet potatoes. 
Vila is one of the world’s oldest-known gorillas, believed to have been born in October of 1957 in the Congo. She is the matriarch of five generations, and she has served as a surrogate mother for several hand-raised western lowland gorillas during her lifetime. Despite her advancing age, she is in excellent health and continues to thrive at the Safari Park. 
A crowd of guests and volunteers watched while Vila and the other seven gorillas at the Safari Park foraged for treats throughout their entire habitat, which included cardboard tubes made to look like ears of corn filled with broccoli, special plant cuttings, gift boxes and messages written in peanut butter on a mirror hung in a tree. Keepers also wrote birthday messages and drew festive pictures in chalk, on the rock walls of the habitat.

Según señala la página web del zoo, Vila era la matriarca de cinco familias de gorilas, por ende, era la más grande de todos. Cabe aclarar que el gorila occidental se encuentra actualmente en peligro de extinción y que fuera de cautiverio esta especie no supera los 40 años.

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