One of world’s oldest gorilla dies at age 60 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 60-year-old San Diego Zoo Safari Park gorilla named Vila, one of the world’s oldest, died Thursday afternoon.

Vila was believed to have been born in the Congo in October 1957. She was hand-raised at the San Diego Zoo and later moved to the Safari Park.

“Vila touched many people throughout her lifetime,” said Randy Rieches, curator of mammals at the park. “She will be missed by zoo members, guests, volunteers and staff.”

Vila in recent years was under veterinary care due to her old age.

Gorillas are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Threats to the species include people hunting the animals for food and loss of habitat due to logging and mining.

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