Zakayo is dead. He was 54.
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre have confirmed the death of Uganda’s oldest Chimpanzee Zakayo.
“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. Due to his old age, he was highly susceptible to opportunistic infections,” a statement from UWEC reads in part.
“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,” the statement continues.
By the time of his death, Zakayo was the most popular chimpanzee in the country. Chimpanzees according to statistics have a life span of 60 years in captivity and 45 in the wild.