Columbus Zoo announces death of Toni, a western lowland gorilla, at age 48

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POWELL, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Zoo has said that Toni, a western lowland gorilla two weeks shy of her 49th birthday, was humanely euthanized Sunday.

In a Facebook post Monday, the zoo said Toni’s health had declined significantly in recent weeks. She had well exceeded her median life expectancy of 39.1 years.

Toni was born on Dec. 28, 1971, to Colo, her mother, and Bongo, at the zoo. Toni was Colo’s last surviving offspring.

Colo, the first zoo-born gorilla and a Columbus Zoo mainstay for generations, died at age 60 in 2017.

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