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March 1, 1996 | KENNETH CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Early one morning in January, a zookeeper found the newborn gorilla lying on the floor of its pen at the Los Angeles Zoo, chilled and with wounds on her head, probably bite marks inflicted by her mother. The baby, just hours old, was immediately placed in foster care, where she thrives under the doting attention of human caretakers and countless visitors to the zoo nursery. But the opportunity to see the first baby gorilla born at the Los Angeles Zoo since 1987 is limited.
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July 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A western lowland gorilla died at the National Zoo on Monday, days after the zoo's only other adult male died while veterinary specialists were trying to implant a cardiac device. Mopie died Monday at the Great Ape House. Officials were awaiting a final pathology report that might provide more information about the cause of death. "He collapsed," zoo spokeswoman Peper Long said of the popular Mopie, who was 34 years old and was born at the zoo. The staff is "pretty devastated," Long said.
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October 12, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Zoo visitor Kenny Hansen knew something was terribly wrong Wednesday afternoon when "a zoo guy ran up and yelled, 'Please leave as quickly as possible! There's a serious safety condition here!' " In fact, Evelyn, the zoo's 300-pound, 24-year-old western lowland gorilla, had escaped from her compound and was behaving like a huge child.
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August 24, 1996 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Bob Cook, it was life imitating art. The Florida real estate broker kept seeing TV newscasts featuring the videotape of Binti, the female gorilla who last week rescued a human toddler who had fallen into the ape pit at a Chicago area zoo.
NEWS
December 10, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
After a complicated courtship, Koko the "talking gorilla" is finally getting a mate. The prospective partner, Ndume, is a gorilla from the Cincinnati Zoo. He will arrive at the 6.5-acre Gorilla Foundation in Woodside tonight. After 30 days in isolation as a health precaution, the two will be introduced. "It was a long struggle," said primatologist Penny Patterson, "but it looks like the beginning of what we hope will be a productive relationship."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1990 | HEIDI ASPATURIAN, Aspaturian is a free-lance writer based in Pasadena.
It has become almost a truism in zoology that the more complicated an animal's lifestyle is in the wild, the less likely it is to be willing to do something simple, like reproduce, in captivity. This has certainly been the case with the gorilla, a species that shares about 98% of human DNA but, until recently, has shown remarkably little inclination to pass much of it along to offspring in zoos. However, that situation is changing.
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July 1, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly 10 years of helping infertile women become pregnant, UC Irvine obstetrician Bill Yee has turned his talents to an unusual breed of patient--the female lowland gorilla. For the last two years, Yee has journeyed to zoos in Denver, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Oklahoma City to treat middle-aged gorillas with the high-tech fertility techniques he normally uses on women. So far, no pregnancies have resulted.
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February 25, 1991 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Zoos have begun administering hormones to animals to try to improve the reproductive success rate. That effort already has resulted in a successful pregnancy for a 16-year-old gorilla at the Toledo, Ohio, Zoo and has produced unsuccessful pregnancies in three other females, researchers recently told a meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science.
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December 18, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it comes to great escapes, few places can match the Los Angeles Zoo's gorilla compound for frequency. Gorillas have stood on each others' backs to scale exhibit walls and ripped metal doors off their hinges. One clambered over a wall and swatted a visitor's rear. Last summer, a gorilla jumped across a 12-foot moat. A few weeks later, another ran down one side of a moat and up the other and caught a vine someone had forgotten to trim, swinging to freedom. Zoo Director Manuel A.
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April 19, 1997 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris, one of the oldest gorillas at the Los Angeles Zoo and a favorite among the park staff, was found dead Friday morning in his sleeping area. The popular 33-year-old primate died of congestive heart failure, zoo officials said. He appeared to have died in his sleep and was found in a fetal position by his handler. "The staff took it pretty hard," said zoo Director Manuel A. Mollinedo. "It cast a sad pall over the entire place." Chris lived a relatively long life, Mollinedo said.
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