Colo's Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla

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Lerner Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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When Colo was born unexpectedly on the cold concrete floor of the zoo on December 22, 1956, the book, How to Raise a Baby Gorilla didn't exist. "How do you raise a baby gorilla?" the keepers at the Columbus Zoo wondered. They raised Colo the only way they knew as if she were a human baby. She wore diapers, drank from bottles, and had an entire wardrobe of baby clothes. Follow Colo's amazing journey from a cuddly baby, to a feisty toddler, to a mother of three, to the matriarch of one very large gorilla family and now the oldest living gorilla in the world. Colo has done more than live her own amazing life; she's helped teach generations of zookeepers and veterinarians learn what's best for all gorillas in captivity. Readers will see lots of photos of Colo, from her baby years to the present. Family tree, recommended reading, and bibliography.
 

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User Review  - KarenBall - LibraryThing

In the early 1950's, the Columbus zoo in Ohio received three young gorillas. At that moment, they had the most gorillas of any zoo in the US, and there were only 60 of the animals in the country ... Read full review

COLO'S STORY: The Life of One Grand Gorilla

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A surprise baby, the first zoo-born gorilla in the world, put the Columbus, Ohio, zoo on the map. Now well over 50, Colo has entertained zoo-goers, taught researchers, spurred the study and protection ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword By Jungle Jack Hanna
4
The Back Story
6
Gorillas Discover Columbus
9
The Tiny Celebrity
16
Colos Early Years
25
Colo And Company
30
Changes For Colo
37
Colos Golden Years
46
Colos Family Tree
66
Colos Family Scrapbook
68
Endnotes
71
Acknowledgments
72
Recommended Reading
73
Bibliography
74
About The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium
77
About The Author
78

One Grand Gorilla
52
Gorilla Conservation Protecting Colos Cousins In The Wild
62
Back Cover
80
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