Today, as we write this, July 31st,
2013, it has now been exactly one year since Joe passed away, but his
memory stays with all of us.
What we remember most was his curiosity
about people, especially youngsters on the tours - he would hang on the
front of the cage and carefully inspect everyone.
We miss him, but are also thankful that
he was able to spend the last nine years of his life in the wonderfully
peaceful surroundings at Dewar Wildlife where he flourished and became an
icon for everyone who met him.
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Congratulations to the Columbus Zoo on the birth
of a baby (male) to Kambera and Oliver today (May 23, 2013). Oliver is a
former resident of Dewar Wildlife and we are delighted to hear the
good news that he is now a father for the first time. Oliver's son is
named Kamoli in honor of his parents Kambera and Oliver.
Kambera is the
granddaughter of Columbus' late Lulu, who surrogated her, and the
niece of Binte Jua, who was in the news for rescuing a 2 year old boy
who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo while taking
care of her own baby, and Pattycake, the first gorilla born in
captivity in New York City, who recently passed away.
The Dewar Wildlife Trust, after spending 3 years
with Oliver, is confident he will be a wonderful father - especially
after seeing Oliver gently treat the goats that kept him company at
Dewar Wildlife (even when they are making a grab for his food!) (see
Courtesy of Bobby Fellows at Dewar Wildlife
Hey, the Vets said Our Hearts
Good - Let's Dance!
BTW - who leads ??
with Zoo Atlanta
In early 2012, C. E. Steuart Dewar,
President & CEO of the Dewar Wildlife Trust, Inc., entered into an agreement with
Zoo Atlanta to explore the variety of possibilities presented by the
100-acre facility, nestled in the mountains of Morganton, GA.
The 100-acre, AZA-certified complex
comprises an 8.5 acre gorilla habitat; five night buildings; medical
facilities; maintenance and storage buildings; and a two-bedroom cottage
for keepers and visitors.
An immediate benefit of the Zoo Atlanta
partnership was the ability to provide housing from some of Zoo Atlanta's
bachelor gorillas. The facility's residents, Jasiri, 14 (left), and Willie
B. Jr., 14 (right), continue to enjoy their spacious new home. Both young
males are the equivalent of Zoo Atlanta royalty: Willie B. Jr. is the only
son of the legendary late Willie B., and Jasiri is the one of the sons of
beloved Zoo Patriarch Ozzie.
Click here for pictures of Willie Br. Jr. and