Rest in peace, Ernie... “Ernie, one of our silverback gorillas, died this weekend due to complications from congestive heart failure. When discussing the zoo’s western lowland gorilla troop, Dr. Thomas talks of “procreation” and “propagation.”. On my bucket list is to visit the Bronz Zoo and see Ernie. He spends most of his days lounging in large nests and playing with his five offspring. “Ernie, one of our silverback gorillas, died this weekend due to complications from congestive heart failure. “They just look for females in estrus, mate with them, and that’s all they have to do with the females and the babies,” Mr. Safina said. The goal of the training sets is husbandry-based, meaning they aid in monitoring and maintaining the health of the gorillas. As you may have seen on this week's episode of THE ZOO, Bronx Zoo keepers, in conjunction with the veterinary team, practice daily ultrasound training with Ernie to monitor his heart.

Mr. Safina, who is a professor at Stony Brook University, has traveled the world observing animals in the wild, including elephants, dolphins, wolves and albatrosses, and says the more he sees, the more he is convinced that many animals experience love in the same way humans do. One of four females with her offspring at the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. Gorillas, like all ape species, can develop cardiac disease and ultrasounds enable the staff to monitor the heart health of each of the silverbacks. Two male baboons were eating ticks and bugs off each other’s backs. Certainly he knows what he’s doing, having sired four babies who were born to his mates in the last 18 months. World Gorilla Day hopes to build appreciation and action for these great apes that are critically endangered in the wild. The big cats paced, alone. Is he also loving? Ernie came to the Bronx Zoo in 2010 on a breeding recommendation from the Knoxville Zoo. If you've been to Congo Gorilla Forest recently, chances are you've seen Ernie. One of the most popular animals in the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit at WCS’s Bronx Zoo is Ernie, the 36-year-old western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). When zookeepers describe Ernie, they use words like “cautious,” “gentle,” “patient” and “excellent father.”. Ernie has proven to be a great father who is patient and sweet with his offspring.

In the distance, on a hill, a 5-foot-tall, 505-pound male silverback named Ernie gazed out over it all, chewing on a celery stalk. Ernie is one of six silverback males currently residing in the Congo Gorilla Forest. In the United States, all gorillas are conceived of in Cleveland, or at least that is where the chairwoman of the Gorilla Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is based.

I live in MA but have family in Long Island.

Celebrate by visiting gorillas at the Bronx Zoo or your local zoo. This summer, we’re exploring love in the hot season, and love often starts with a date. Born in the Oklahoma City Zoo, he lived in Colorado Springs and Knoxville, Tenn., before arriving in the Bronx on May 25, 2010, shipped in a large crate via FedEx overnight express. But does Ernie love the five adult female gorillas in his troop? The 36-year-old western lowland gorilla is the largest gorilla that resides at the zoo! And Ernie spent the afternoon behind a rock, out of sight. “Is there any romance in a one-night stand? Ernie came to the Bronx Zoo in 2010 on a breeding recommendation from the Knoxville Zoo. Ernie not only helps with his own health regimen but that of all apes living in zoos worldwide. It helps me visit with the animals all the way in MA. On a bright summer’s day at the Bronx Zoo, four adult female gorillas nursed their babies until the little gorillas were so full of mother’s milk, they fell asleep in the hot afternoon sun. DO YOU THINK THAT HIS CHILDREN WILL INHERIT HIS HEART PROBLEM. Because gorillas live in troops, it is not just a matter of a male gorilla’s bonding with a particular female. The largest and most impressive western lowland gorilla living at the Wildlife Conservation Society ’ s Bronx Zoo is Ernie, the 35-year-old silverback. Ernie is 32 and has been around. A necropsy showed that he had chronic kidney disease that caused acute kidney failure, and progressive arthritis that worsened despite treatment. Once members of the species survival committee are confident they have a good genetic and behavioral match, they will give the go-ahead for transferring the gorilla to a new zoo. The keepers, in conjunction with the veterinary team, practice daily ultrasound training with Ernie. HE IS JUST SO BEAUTIFUL. On the other hand Carl Safina, during a recent walk around the zoo, spoke of gorilla love. “It would suggest romantic love is a very rare thing,” he said. “The only logical conclusion is that their experience is similar.”. In less than a minute, he’s done, and skulks off into the brush in search of another female who is willing to spend a minute with him. The largest and most impressive western lowland gorilla living at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is Ernie, the 35-year-old silverback. He comes from strong genetic stock; his mother lived to the age of 50, quite old for a gorilla. He spends most of his days lounging in … Ernie, whose stud registry number is 808, was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Dec. 7, 1982, to Moemba, No. Ernie, a 505-pound male silverback, watching over several of his offspring at the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. One of the most popular animals in the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit at WCS’s Bronx Zoo is Ernie, the 36-year-old western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).Ernie is the largest gorilla and primate residing at the zoo. YOU ALL DO SUCH WONDERFUL WORK. “There’s sex without bonding in humans and other animals,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to introduce a sexually naïve male that hasn’t had a lot of experience with courtship behavior.” (The human equivalent would be trying to match up an Eagle Scout with Madonna.). “Wolves will spend a lot of energy trying to attract a specific wolf, and they form a bond that will last all their lives,” he said. The plan involves zookeepers from around the country who meet regularly to oversee the breeding plans for the 353 gorillas currently inhabiting 51 American zoos.

Well yes, some, but it’s not very high quality, very deep or long lasting.”. Both parents were born in the wild in the early 1960s, at a time when gorillas were still taken from their natural habitats. “They’re eliminating a competitor’s genes from making it into the future,” he says. How’s he doing ? He weighs between 450 and 500 pounds depending on the time of year, making him one of the largest silverbacks in North America. ©2020 Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460.

“It’s easier on him if we can do it in a quieter, off-exhibit area,” Dr. Thomas said. Once he does that, she stops, adopts a receptive position and the male mounts her.”. Lions and elephants make male gorillas look like family men. Ernie at Bronx Zoo passed away on July 26th, 2019, from complications from congestive heart failure. Ernie at the Bronx Zoo has sadly passed away at the age of 36 due to congestive heart failure. Condolences to all who are affected by his passing.

And as anyone who has ever been married to even one person knows, trying to stay married to five primates — good luck with that. Was Ernie born in the zoo? It appears that you have disabled your Javascript. Is Ernie the gorilla still at the zoo? “We can keep an eye on how things are progressing.”. About a year ago, officials at the Bronx Zoo assembled a second troop consisting of a male silverback and four females. We were planning a trip this summer but when my mom died the trip was postponed. In Ernie’s case, he has to be able to get along with Julia, Layla, Tuti, Kumi and Suki.