Oldest Male Chimpanzee in North American Zoos Dies in San Francisco at 63
The San Francisco Zoo has announced the death of Cobby, a 63-year-old male chimpanzee, who was the oldest of its kind in North American zoos.
Chimpanzees are one of the fascinating animals in the world. They are a delight for zoo lovers who always enjoy spending time with and watching them.
Visitors to the San Francisco Zoo also find chimpanzees a joy to watch and are thrilled by them. One of the chimpanzees named Cobby was a particular delight.
Cobby was a famous chimp and the star of "Cobby's Hobbies," a short-lived television show of the 1960s. Since the show ended, the chimpanzee had lived in captivity at the San Francisco Zoo.
"We are heartbroken to share the sad news of the passing of our beloved Cobby, 63-year-old male chimpanzee."
Cobby, the oldest male chimpanzee living in an accredited North American zoo died Saturday at the San Francisco Zoo.— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) June 7, 2021
He was 63 years old. 🕊 pic.twitter.com/OLKYZ1CVkI
The zoo further described Cobby as a gentle soul who calmed the zoo's troop of seven chimpanzees. Cobby also protected his companions in the zoo, Minnie and Maggie.
At 63, Cobby was the chimpanzee who had lived the longest at the San Francisco Zoo and across all zoos in North America. Thus, he connected generations of zoo enthusiasts and was easily their favorite.
Since coming to the zoo in the 1960s, Cobby enjoyed relaxing in its various spots and eating his favorite meals. He also loved climbing up high and interacting with his keepers.
The beloved chimpanzee enjoyed the large viewing windows as they enabled him to see the zoo's guests closely. Cobby was the respected elder of the chimpanzees at the zoo.
Cobby, America's oldest male chimpanzee credited to mentoring and introducing new chimps to the primate troop at the San Francisco Zoo, died at age 63 https://t.co/rHrXqZhZej pic.twitter.com/uZpEPKJ397— Reuters (@Reuters) June 8, 2021
The respect he had among other chimps helped him to bring the troops together. His death means the chimpanzees will miss his larger-than-life presence. Minnie and Maggie will also miss Cobby greatly.
In the concluding part of its tweet, the San Francisco Zoo said Cobby was a major part of its zoo family. He had a significant impact on the lives of the zoo's visitors and staff.
Cobby, the oldest male chimpanzee in the US, died this weekend at the San Francisco zoo. He was 63 https://t.co/c4MDYBWlGs— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 7, 2021
These visitors and staff shared many fond memories with the chimpanzee and feel privileged to have known him. They will also miss him greatly, and that is beyond doubt.
The San Francisco Zoo did not specify the cause of Cobby's death. However, he died a happy and loved animal and will hold a place in the zoo's heart.