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Gorilla led generations in Lincoln Park, Louisville

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 16, 2008, titled Gorilla led generations in Lincoln Park, Louisville. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Silverback Frank, 44, lived most of his life at Lincoln Park Zoo, but transferred to the Louisville Zoo in 2002.

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#1 Aug 16, 2008

I hope you are happy in gorilla heaven. Thanks for all the joy uoi brought to us in Chicago!

Chicago, IL

#2 Aug 16, 2008
We'll miss you Frank.

Wilmette, IL

#3 Aug 16, 2008

Dimondale, MI

#4 Aug 16, 2008

Melrose Park, IL

#13 Aug 16, 2008
I wonder how old they live in the wild?

Las Vegas, NV

#20 Aug 16, 2008
Frank never got the chance to live his life in a wild habitat, breathe free air and live as he was meant to do.
I may be in the minority, but I am coming to hate zoos. Elephants, lions,tigers, apes........we have stolen them from their native lands,keep them caged, put them in circuses, keep them as pets.
I have come to think zoos should be abolished, while recognizing that endangered species may have their last stand in a zoo. There is no easy answer.
RIP Frank, free at last. I will never go to another zoo to see caged animals, or to another circus to see elephants dancing and tigers jumping through flaming hoops.

Chicago, IL

#26 Aug 16, 2008
I grew up with these gorillas. Frank and Debbie Especially. I wish they lived out their lives in chicago!!!. They were special and I will always remember them as part of my life. We should cherish these animals and remember the joy they brought to us when we were growing up! I loved them and will miss them. I believe they would have lived longer if they were never moved? God Bless! sometimes I think we would be better living with them instead of humans.:)

Chicago, IL

#28 Aug 17, 2008
It's just like the popular guys in high school- popular gorillas get all the girls.
Jane Dewar

Onalaska, WA

#29 Aug 17, 2008
Frank, like his companion Debbie, who died 5 years ago this month, were instrumental in my continuing love of gorillas and I'll be forever blessed and privileged to have known them both. Without them, Gorilla Haven wouldn't exist.

To Frank - thank you for loving all those babies you didn't sire, but who you took under your strong and protective "wing," teaching them how a wonderful silverback protects his family. And for reaching across species to include me and so many others in your life, showing us how much we can learn from you and your brethren.

I know people in Chicago and Louisville will be joining in the many who will mourn this special guy.

Rest in peace, dear soul. To everyone at L'ville and Chicago who did so much for Frank over the years, my appreciation and deepest condolences. And thanks to Bill Mullen for the appropriate tribute to a very special soul many were privileged to have had in their lives.

Jane Dewar
Founder, Gorilla Haven

Chicago, IL

#31 Aug 17, 2008
First Bernie ... then Isaac ... now Frank.


Pueblo, CO

#32 Aug 17, 2008
Quite an obit, I wish I'd known him...

Chicago, IL

#34 Aug 17, 2008
I think zoo veterinarians and other workers do a lot of good for these animals, and I understand how keeping certain animals in captivity can keep endangered population numbers up, and so on. The staff at zoos such as the Lincoln Park Zoo are obviously very intelligent, educated, and kind people. Still, when I go there and observe the gorillas and then the animals in the primate house, I can't help but feel completely sad. The gorillas especially always look wholeheartedly depressed, as if they know completely that they are encased in walls of glass and being stared at. I'm sure this is a simplistic reaction, but as researchers tell us these animals capable of empathy, with memory, too, I feel bad that they're there.
Gene Siskel

Orlando, FL

#35 Aug 17, 2008
Definitely smarter than the mayor of the city!

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