Sedgwick County Zoo mourns death of Zuza the gorilla

Zuza the gorilla
Zuza the gorilla(Sedgwick County Zoo)
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 1:16 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Zuza, a 30-year-old western lowland gorilla, died Thursday at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Zoo staff said he woke up and ate breakfast as usual in the morning, but was later found unresponsive when zookeepers returned for a routine training session. Repeated attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Medical staff are still working to determine Zuza’s cause of death.

Zuza was born Sept. 16, 1991, at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and came to the Sedgwick County Zoo in 2010. Zuza, known to his caretakers and fans as “Zuza the Entertainer,” was a guest favorite. The zoo said Zuza was a charismatic gorilla with a playful disposition and his presence will be deeply missed.

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