PETA Celebrates Lone Gorilla’s Move

For Immediate Release:
August 29, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Cincinnati – Below, please find a statement from PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Brittany Peet in response to today’s announcement that Ndume the gorilla is moving from The Gorilla Foundation to the Cincinnati Zoo, where he was born:

Since Koko the gorilla’s passing over two months ago, Ndume has been without any gorilla companionship, not even the brief contact that he occasionally used to have with Koko through cage bars. The Cincinnati Zoo has heard PETA’s pleas and is finally giving Ndume the chance to thrive and explore in a complex environment in the company of other gorillas and away from The Gorilla Foundation, with its deteriorating facilities and failure to provide veterinary care.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and we have posted additional information about Koko and Ndume here.

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