Blossom the Chimpanzee

22 November 2017

Blossom, the matriarch of our chimpanzee group, died as a result of old age on Friday 11th November.  

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Blossom, the matriarch of our chimpanzee group.

 

Although her exact age was unknown, Blossom arrived at the Safari Park as an adult in 1972 and it was estimated that she was in her sixties.   She was thought to have been the eldest chimp in Europe.

 

Blossom lived happily on Chimp Island with the other members of her group and will be remembered by generations of Blair Drummond visitors who were able to  view her from the Safari Park boat ride.   

 

Alasdair Gillies, Team Leader of the Chimpanzee Department at Blair Drummond Safari Park, comments:

“Blossom was a gentle, wise matriarch within the chimpanzee group.     She was a thoughtful mediator, a fantastic mother, a caring companion and she remained at the heart of the troop until she passed away.       

Blossom taught us so much in her time here at the Park and we will miss her deeply.” 

Gary Gilmour, Park Manager at Blair Drummond Safari Park, has worked at the Safari Park since 1986   He comments:

“Blossom died as a result of old age on Friday 11th November.  Her passing was peaceful and dignified. 

I had known Blossom for a long time and she was very special to us all at Blair Drummond.  She was an animal with an enormous character who left a big impression on so many of our visitors.    This is a great loss for the Park.”

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Chimpanzee Blair Drummond Safari Park