Beloved gorilla 'Zura' dies at San Francisco zoo

Zura, seen here in this undated photo provided by the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

A beloved gorilla has died Friday at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, the zoo announced.

Zura, a 39-year-old Western lowland gorilla, was being treated for “long-term digestive issues" but her condition recently had worsened, a zoo statement said.

“Zura had a beautiful, distinctive face and a one-of-a-kind personality, and so many of our guests recognized her when they visited,” said Tanya M. Peterson, CEO and executive director of the San Francisco Zoological Society. “As one of our older females, she lived among different generations of our gorilla troop, from the great silverback, ‘Bwana,’ to our gentle, contemplative silverback, ‘OJ.’ She will be missed by all of us.”

Zura arrived in San Francisco in 1982 from the Columbus Zoo, where her grandmother was Colo, who was widely known as the first gorilla in the world to be born in captivity. Colo was more than 60 years old when she died at the Columbus Zoo in 2017.

Zura didn't leave any offspring. The zoo has four remaining Western lowland gorillas, a male and three females.