The doors in the San Francisco Zoo’s gorilla enclosure had a history of mechanical problems long before of them crushed a 16-month female gorilla named Kabibe earlier this month, according to a newspaper investigation.
Kabiba, the young gorilla crushed by a hydraulic door, did not have to die, according to five San Francisco zookeepers.
A newspaper report says employees operating a hydraulic door at San Francisco Zoo that crushed a baby gorilla were supposed to keep a hand on the stop button at all times.
The San Francisco Zoo has hired an expert in gorilla enclosures to help investigate the death of its young western lowland gorilla, Kabibe.
The San Francisco Zoo says its six western lowland gorillas are showing normal signs of grief and loss following the death of the group’s youngest gorilla.
Officials at the San Francisco Zoo said they retested the hydraulic door that crushed a young gorilla to death on Friday and found that its manual instant-stop switch was functioning properly.
Zoo officials are asking the public to be patient as the gorilla family and zoo staff mourn the loss of ‘Kabibe.’ Meanwhile, they are investigating how this accident happened, and will review zoo policies to see if changes are necessary.
The public voted on the moniker from a group of three names and Kabibe, which means “little lady” in Swahili, earned a majority of the votes, zoo spokeswoman Abbie Tuller said.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier helped kick off a naming contest Friday for a baby gorilla during a visit to the San Francisco Zoo.
A bouncing baby gorilla is the newest resident of the San Francisco Zoo. The endangered western lowland gorilla was born at the zoo Wednesday.