Sat. Jan 16th, 2021


Belfast Zoo were delighted today to announce that scientists from the nearby Queen’s University College have successfully taught Samba, a four-year-old juvenile gorilla, to read at a ‘Newry Democrat Level’.

“It’s a truly remarkable achievement,” said Head Ape Zoo Keeper, Claire French.

“Samba has always been a bit slower than the other gorillas we have here. While his cousins have recently been observed using tools for the first time, which is a major cognitive milestone in a gorilla’s development, Samba has not,”

“But he’s now the only gorilla in the world who enjoys reading the Newry Democrat, which is just amazing.” she said.

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