Trudy the Gorilla
 

 

 

Trudy, one of our female gorillas, was the oldest gorilla living in the care of humans in the world until her death on July 23, 2019. Trudy was brought from Africa as an infant in 1957, a practice which, fortunately, is no longer practiced.  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. Trudy's birthday is estimated to be June 1956 but it is possible that Trudy was older than her estimated age.
 

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 was known by her keepers for her independent spirit and will be missed by all zoo staff and many members of the public.