Goodbye dear friend...  It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Rigo, our silverback gorilla, who passed away this morning. Rigo arrived at Melbourne Zoo on May 23, 1973 as a three-year-old and, in 1984, made history when he, and mate Yuska, became parents to the first gorilla ever born in Australia, Mzuri.   Rigo has been a much-loved member of the Zoo family for the past 40 years and will be sadly missed.

Goodbye dear friend... It is with great sadness that we say farewell to Rigo, our silverback gorilla, who passed away this morning. Rigo arrived at Melbourne Zoo on May 23, 1973 as a three-year-old and, in 1984, made history when he, and mate Yuska, became parents to the first gorilla ever born in Australia, Mzuri. Rigo has been a much-loved member of the Zoo family for the past 40 years and will be sadly missed.

Richmond - Melbourne VIC Photo Credit: Jennifer Huynh

Richmond - Melbourne VIC Photo Credit: Jennifer Huynh

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