We are mourning the loss of 34-year-old Western lowland gorilla, Zuri. The elderly gorilla was under treatment for severe gastrointestinal disease for the past few months, and after a full assessment of his quality of life, and the worsening of his disease despite treatment, the gorilla team and the veterinarians made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the nearly 400-pound ape.
We are mourning the loss of 34-year-old Western lowland gorilla, Zuri. The elderly gorilla was under treatment for severe gastrointestinal disease for the past few months, and after a full assessment of his quality of life, and the worsening of his disease despite treatment, the gorilla team and the...
So sorry to hear about Zuri's passing. Thank you to the Keepers, Staff and Veterinarians who take care Houston Zoo's Animals. You do a wonderful job.
I’m so sorry to hear the sad news. I remember seeing him at the Zoo since Congo opened. So blessed that another incredible animal was gracious enough to be taken care of by the Houston Zoo. Here are some photos I took that are precious to me and I’m sure have a ton of pictures yourself. But I just wanted to share the beauty.
There back in January and it was so awesome seeing these amazing animals
I’m so impressed with how beloved Zuri was to so many. Hats off to Houston Zoo staff and volunteers for taking such great care of him.
So sad to hear this. Him and the elephants are the reason I go to the Houston Zoo a lot. He will be missed. Thank you Houston Zoo Staff for doing your best to save him and many other animals.
Sending condolences from the Bronx. Those of us who worked with Zuri are saddened to hear the news. Thank you for giving him such great care.
My heart goes out to his keepers 😢 Thank you for taking such great care of him and making the best (and hardest) decision. ❤️
God speed Zuri. My heart is saddened that I will no longer see you on my breaks in the zoo while in the park running. Truly a sad day for the Houston Zoo and the many friends of its residents.
I am sad to hear the news, Zuri one of my favorite. He will be missed. Thank you Houston zoo for taking good care of him & all of the zoo animals. RIP Zuri.
So glad we were able to see Zuri throughout the years. Sweet soul. Peaceful presence. Will be missed from us Houstonians ☹
Awwww, so sad! We have a magnet that he painted on our refrigerator. We will always be able to look at it and remember him.
I am so very sorry. Zuri was a sweetheart. Thank you for taking care of him. I can't imagine how hard that was. I feel for the rest of the troop that I know will miss him.
Melissa remember what I said when we saw the caravan passing near the giraffe section????? I have he video!!! I knew it!!
I’m so sorry for your loss 😭
I know that his caregivers & others who loved him are mourning & I’m sure that he had a wonderful life full of purpose & that he impacted thousands of visitors as an ambassador for his species ♥️♥️♥️
So sorry to hear this Will. It's the most difficult part of our career, saying goodbye to those majestic beings that have entrusted us in their care. Rest peacefully Zuri ❤️
Oh no. I'm so sad to hear this. I used to volunteer in the primate section and my favorite part was seeing these gentle giants, especially Zuri. I'm so sorry.
Saddened to hear about Zuri. I was hoping he would recover. My condolences to this keeper and our zoo family. He will be missed💔
My family and I are so sad to hear about Zuri. Thank you to all of the staff for all of the loving care and attention they provide for all of the animals.
I'm so sorry for your loss, gorilla team. I know you guys loved him. I enjoyed meeting him the last time I visited Houston. He seemed like a sweet guy!
Sorry for your loss. Your keepers and staff should be proud of all the excellent care he was given over the years.
So sorry to hear this. Thoughts are with all of the amazing staff that looked after him and gave him such a fantastic life.
Not certain if this is Zuri...but, my son enjoys the gorillas the most at the Houston Zoo. He was sad to hear of Zuri's passing.
I remember him. Quite the character. While a bunch of crazy humans yelled and taunted him he looked at one of the female gorillas and rolled his eyes. Made me so happy
My condolences to Zuri’s care team and the gorillas. I used to watch them before that cam went down for technical reasons.
Gorillas are amazing and I know everyone who knew Zuri is going to miss him.
Am so sad he was my favorite gorilla am depress right now. He was a joy to look at. Sorry for the loss.
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