Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    The Dallas Zoo Wants to Reassure You: This Gorilla Escape Wasn't Like the Last One

    Flickr user: Dallas1200am‚ÄčMaybe you heard: On Saturday, Tufani, a 19-year-old female gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, got out of her holding area at the 2-acre Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. It was nothing as dramatic as the Jabari rampage in '04, which prompted PETA to demand the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Zoo Official Says Tufani Escape No "Olympian Leap," Blames Homo Sapien With Squeegee

    Photos by Spike JohnsonDallas Zoo executive director Gregg Hudson‚ÄčToday, Tufani sat in the shade of the south gorilla habitat at the Dallas Zoo half-reclined, peacefully peeling an orange, seemingly unaware of the gaggle of media looking on from a zoo-approved observation point. It was a far cry f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Dallas Zoo's Other Jenny, the World's Oldest Captive Gorilla, Is Dead at 55

    On May 8, Jenny, a western lowland gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, celebrated her 55th birthday "by munching down a four-layer frozen fruit cake and banana leaf wrapped treats," as the Associated Press noted. Jenny's birthday was significant, as she was the world's oldest gorilla in captivity. And, at th ... More >>

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Hercules unchained

    Many mistakes were made the day a 340-pound gorilla got loose at the Dallas Zoo. One keeper almost paid for them with her life. But should the deputy zoo director have paid for them with his career?