Happy Birthday to Colo at the Columbus Zoo

by Maureen McCabe on December 21, 2010

Happy Birthday to Colo at the Columbus Zoo

Colo’s 54th birthday is tomorrow December 22, 2010.   She was born December 22, 1956.  She was the first gorilla baby born in captivity(?)  She is the oldest gorilla in living in a zoo.

Colo, short for Columbus Ohio was a big deal in 1956.  The link above, an article from Jennifer Wilson on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor gives Colo’s history, talks about Colo’s birthday celebration tomorrow and a book that was written about Colo’s life.

“The public is invited to attend the festivities which begin at 11 a.m. at the indoor gorilla habitat located in the Zoo’s African Forest region. Keepers will be giving Colo a birthday cake in addition to special treats for her and her gorilla family.”

When I was a kid we’d sing….

“Happy Birthday you,

You live in a zoo.

You look like a monkey and you are one too.”

Nope, she’s an ape.  A great ape?  A grand ape?

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