Regular blog readers will know that I’ve been on the side of former caregivers who argue that gorilla Ndume deserves a chance at a decent life – away from his isolation under the “care” of Penny Patterson and The Gorilla Foundation. (See here and here and here.) We’ve been urging Cincinnati Zoo, Ndume’s owner, to take him back, and the American Zoological Association’s recent draft animal management plan for gorillas made that recommendation.
Is it actually happening? This note popped up today on Facebook.
Christina Herron is one of the two Gorilla Foundation caregivers who stayed on after the mass exodus of staff. Her note, posted on the Gorilla SSP Facebook page says: "Gorilla Transport cages. Does anyone have a company preference for quality gorilla transport cages? The sanctuary (sic) I work at is looking to update ours, but the company previously used is no longer in business. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!"
They may finally be moving Koko to Maui – or maybe, just maybe, Ndume is about to get a life.