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Remembering Jomo | Cincinnati Zoo Weblog



Jomo, the beloved Western lowland silverback gorilla on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard, handed away yesterday. Since being recognized with a degenerative, incurable spinal twine situation in 2019, he has had mobility points and a few shut calls. It is a enormous loss to the Cincinnati Zoo and his care group.

Jomo has captured the hearts of numerous folks through the years, together with my very own. It has been an amazing honor that I’ve been capable of spend 14 years with one of the best silverback round. From the primary day I spent with him till the final, Jomo had taught me a lot about gorillas but in addition life. He’ll without end encourage me as I bear in mind him as an amazing chief for his household and an impressive ambassador for his species.

Jomo was the epitome of a silverback and took his duties very critically and with such charisma. Jomo lead his troop unwaveringly by means of his time on the Cincinnati Zoo. I used to be capable of witness him turn out to be a organic dad for the 2nd and third time of his life and a first-time adoptive dad. It was superb to observe him work together along with his youngsters and be one of the best dad for them. He was low-key obsessive about them and the sentiment was clearly exchanged. Jomo was usually seen with an “all enterprise” demeanor. However there was a softer aspect that he allowed these closest to him to see. His youngsters noticed it on daily basis and confirmed such nice respect for him.

After I first began caring for Jomo I discovered shortly that “This was Jomo’s World and we’re all simply residing in it.” And that was high quality with all of his keepers 🙂 We shared the identical respect for him that his youngsters shared. However, slowly and I imply slowly.. Jomo and I grew a bond that I’ll at all times cherish. I’ll miss the side-eyes that he gave as a refined technique to maintain the youngsters in line.

I’ll miss his comfortable gorilla grumbles. I’ll miss all of our coaching classes and witnessing how extremely sensible he was. You had been such boy.

The previous couple of years of his life as his well being began to say no, I cherished our bond much more. And I can’t start to elucidate how grateful I’m for every gorilla caregiver, veterinarian/vet tech, in addition to a slew of different specialists that helped give him the absolute best care. You might be all my heroes. Thanks.

His legacy will dwell on by means of his youngsters, the entire issues that he taught the gorillas, and the folks that acquired to spend time with him. Myself included. Jomo, thanks for permitting me to be part of your life. It has been my honor.

Nest straightforward good-looking man. 🖤

Ashley Ashcraft
Group Lead – Primate Heart
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Backyard




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