Lake City, UT) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo is saddened to announce that Muke, their
beloved female Western Lowland gorilla, has significantly declining health and
is being evaluated daily in what may be the final days of her life. After a
2008 surgery and a yearlong fight with cancer in her reproductive tract, Zoo
veterinary and animal care staffs are currently monitoring Muke’s quality of
life. After seeing a significant health decline in Muke in the past few weeks,
it is with love and a heavy heart that Hogle Zoo officials must now invite the
public who has grown so fond of Muke to visit her now and say their goodbyes.


Zoo animal care staff began watching Muke extremely closely after she showed
symptoms connected with reproductive tract issues. These symptoms are similar
to what human females exhibit in connection with uterine cancer. In 2008, Zoo
veterinarian staff (along with local oncologists) operated on Muke to determine
the extent of the cancer throughout her reproductive organs. At the time of
surgery last spring, officials felt they were successful in removing enough
cancer to extend Muke’s life, however it is now evident that Muke’s cancer is
too far advanced for any remission.


Muke was born in Africa in
1965, and has lived at Utah’s Hogle Zoo for thirteen years—since 1996. She is
dearly loved and well known to Zoo members and the community. The efforts of
those that have worked so closely with Muke, and who are bravely helping her
through the last days of her life are greatly appreciated.


Visit Hogle Zoo online at or for more information,
contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite by email at or call
(801) 584-1729. 

About the Association
of Zoos & Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of
only 218 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums
(AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever
you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a
facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience
for you, and a better future for all living things.  AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to
helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit


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