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Dallas Zoo says antisocial gorilla headed to South Carolina

Sept. 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

DALLAS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Officials at the Dallas Zoo said Patrick the lowland gorilla is being moved to a South Carolina zoo because he can't get along with other gorillas.

Lynn Kramer, the zoo's deputy director, said officials consulted with the Species Survival Commission of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which oversees placement of animals from endangered species, and decided 23-year-old Patrick would do best at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C., which is known for its work with animals that have behavioral problems, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday.

Officials said Patrick was born at the Bronx Zoo in New York and was raised by humans, making it difficult for him to socialize with other gorillas. They said Patrick has not been receptive to attempts to introduce him to prospective mates.

John Davis, Riverbanks' curator of mammals, said Patrick will start in an enclosure where he will be able to see other gorillas, but not directly interact with them.

"In our experience, older gorillas are difficult to socialize," Davis said. "But with animals, you never say never."

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