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.