By Kampala Post Reporter
Uganda’s known oldest chimpanzee has died after weeks of illness.
The Chimpanzee named Zakayo died on Wednesday due to old related illnesses, according to a statement from Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC).
Zakayo who was found abandoned on June 10, 1964 in Semiliki National Park in Bundibugyo District was raised by a white man who surrendered him to UWEC on June 19, 1976 after he became aggressive and difficult to manage.
“With deep sorrow and grief, UWEC (Entebbe Zoo) hereby announces the death of Zakayo, a 54-year old male chimpanzee, who has lived at UWEC for 42 years. Preliminary findings suggest that he succumbed to Chronic Gastroenteritis,” a statement released by the UWEC executive director James Musinguzi reads in part.
Musinguzi added: “Due to his old age, he was highly susceptible to opportunistic infections. Please join us as we celebrate the life of this legendary chimpanzee who once lived as a dominant male and brought up the chimpanzee family at UWEC. He nurtured two Alpha male chimpanzees, Matooke, who led the group up to 2013, and Aluma who took over in 2013 up to today. May his soul RIP.”
UWEC has organized a vigil on Friday at UWEC Beach starting at 6pm. Burial will be on Saturday 28.04.2018 at 2pm.