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Ndume the Gorilla Is Moving to an Accredited Facility

PETA: ‘A federal court has ruled that The Gorilla Foundation must relinquish Ndume and allow him to return to the Cincinnati Zoo, where he can finally have the company of other gorillas. Just about everyone has heard of Koko the gorilla, who was made famous for her use of American Sign Language. As the first gorilla ever to learn a human language, she helped blur the lines that humans try to draw between themselves and other animals. But she was never able to live as freely as she deserved, and Ndume — a male gorilla who was acquired as a “mate” for Koko but who never successfully integrated with her — hasn’t been able to either.

Though the gorillas rarely had contact with each other, it was decided that Ndume would remain at The Gorilla Foundation (TGF) until Koko passed away—at which point he would be returned to the Cincinnati Zoo, the accredited facility that loaned him to TGF. When Koko died in June 2018, rather than upholding its agreement to let Ndume live with other gorillas, TGF had refused to let him go and has fought the Cincinnati Zoo in every possible way’. SOURCE…


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