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 wire situation in 2019, he has had mobility points and a few shut calls. It is a big loss to the Cincinnati Zoo and his care crew.

Jomo has captured the hearts of numerous individuals over time, together with my very own. It has been a terrific honor that I’ve been in a position to spend 14 years with the perfect 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 eternally encourage me as I bear in mind him as a terrific chief for his household and an impressive ambassador for his species.

Jomo was the epitome of a silverback and took his duties very severely and with such charisma. Jomo lead his troop unwaveringly by means of his time on the Cincinnati Zoo. I used to be in a position to witness him change into a organic dad for the 2nd and third time of his life and a first-time adoptive dad. It was wonderful to look at him work together together with his youngsters and be the perfect dad for them. He was low-key obsessive about them and the sentiment was clearly exchanged. Jomo was typically 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.

Once I first began caring for Jomo I realized rapidly that “This was Jomo’s World and we’re all simply dwelling in it.” And that was nice 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 option to preserve the youngsters in line.

I’ll miss his completely satisfied gorilla grumbles. I’ll miss all of our coaching periods and witnessing how extremely good he was. You have 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 consultants that helped give him the absolute best care. You might be all my heroes. Thanks.

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

Nest simple good-looking man. 🖤

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


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