Little Mama, oldest living chimpanzee, dies at Lion Country Safari
LION COUNTRY SAFARI, Fla. (CBS 12) —
In her late 70's, Little Mama was the oldest living chimpanzee on record.
This week she passed away at Lion Country Safari to what staff believe was kidney failure.
The staff favorite joined the drive-through safari in 1967 according to a release sent out on Tuesday. Before that, staff believe she may have been a pet who performed in the Ice Capades.
According to Lion Country Safari, it was famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall who first estimated Little Mama’s age.
“She held a special place in the heart of anyone who ever had the privilege to meet her. In all ways, Mama was special. It soothes me to think that she will be with us forever, in our hearts and memories. I’ll never forget the way she looked at her caretakers: with such joy and trust—and demand, if you had a particular treat that she wanted. There was nowhere else on this earth that she could have possibly been more loved or cared for than here at Lion Country Safari,” said Tina Cloutier Barbour, Primate Curator at Lion Country Safari.
Lion Country Safari says Little Mama passed away surrounded by her family unit and caretakers.