One of the world's oldest gorillas dies, aged 60

World oldest Gorillas dead at age 60 in San Diego Safari Park 2812018

Vila, an African female who turned 60 in October, died Thursday surrounded by members of her family group, reported the Safari Park of the San Diego Zoo.

Vila was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1957, and came to the zoo in 1959 before being moved to the safari park in 1975.

Zoo officials did not disclose the cause of death to the media and a spokesperson was not immediately available.

She was the "matriarch", they said, of five generations.

Gorillas ordinarily live to 35 or 40 years of age.


The species is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

One of the longest living gorilla in the world died in a zoo in Southern California. "She reached the heart of so many who will carry on the fight against the extinction of these wonderful creatures", read another comment on the zoo's Twitter page.

"Sixty is a major ordeal in the gorilla world on the grounds that there are not very many gorillas anyplace close to that age", Peggy Sexton, lead creature manager at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park said.

Mourners bombarded Safari Park's Twitter account with fond memories.

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