World's most famous gorilla visits Chilstone

Monday, April 06, 2009

World's most famous gorilla visits Chilstone

[caption id="attachment_88" align="alignnone" width="189" caption="Bronze statue of Jambo"]Bronze statue of Jambo[/caption] Jambo the Gorilla led a quiet life at Jersey Zoo until the afternoon of August 31 1986. A young boy, Levan Merritt, toppled into the gorilla enclosure and passed out. Jambo amazed onlookers by standing guard over the child and protecting him from the curiosity of the other gorillas in the enclosure. The boy was eventually rescued but news of Jambo's kindness flashed around the world and he became a worldwide celebrity. Sadly, Jambo passed away prematurely in September 1992 but has remained the world's favorite gorilla and a lasting symbol of the dignity and kindness of these great apes. As a fitting memorial, a lifesize statue of Jambo has been cast in bronze and is to go on display at the Chilstone show gardens at Langton Green, near Tunbridge Wells.

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