The 54-year old male chimpanzee popularly known as Zakayo, who has lived at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe for 42 years is dead. Zakayo was the oldest known captive chimpanzee in the country.
A brief statement from UWEC shows that preliminary findings suggest that Zakayo succumbed to chronic gastroenteritis (stomach flu).
“Due to his old age, he was highly susceptible to opportunistic infections,” reads the statement.
Adding that, “Please join us as we celebrate the life of this legendary chimpanzee that once lived as a dorminant male and brought up the chimpanzee family at UWEC.”
According to UWEC, Zakayo nurtured two Alpha male chimpanzees, Matooke, who led the group up to 2013, and Aluma who took over in 2013 up to date.
UWEC will hold a vigil for Zakayo on Friday at UWEC beach starting at 6pm followed by his burial on Saturday.