Trudy the Gorilla
Trudy, one of our female gorillas, is the 2nd oldest gorilla living in the care of humans. She may well be the oldest gorilla living at a zoo but because she was wild caught her age cannot be 100 percent verified. What we do know is that Trudy was brought from Africa as an infant in 1957, a practice which, fortunately, is no longer allowed. After residing at the St. Louis and Buffalo Zoos, she arrived in Little Rock in 1988. The grand opening of the Great Ape Display in 1988 allowed Trudy and her mate, Ollie, to be the first gorillas ever exhibited in Arkansas. In 2015 Trudy celebrated her 58th birthday.
While Trudy never had any offspring in Arkansas, she played an important role in the formation and longevity of one of the first multi-male gorilla groups, which are now commonly seen in zoos.
Trudy is still in excellent health, and is now enjoying her "retirement" in our smaller gorilla yard, living with her male companion Brutus.