In Memoriam: Gregoire, 1942-2008
One of the animal world's most incredible stories of resilience and happy endings came to a quiet close in December 2008: Gregoire, Africa's oldest-known chimpanzee and a national hero in the Republic of Congo, died in his sleep. Caretakers found Gregoire dead in his bed of eucalyptus leaves at the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, JGI's sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees. News of Gregoire's death brought messages of condolence and sympathy to Jane and JGI from around the world.
Gregoire survived decades of solitary confinement and undernourishment in a Brazzaville zoo, but his life took a turn for the better when he met Jane Goodall. Thanks to her intervention, Gregoire's last years were peaceful and happy. Watch the video to learn more about this wonderful chimpanzee.