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December 2, 2023
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All Day
Address:
Anacortes, WA 98221
Bobo Arrives
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Bobo comes to town (1951)

Saturday, December 2, 2023

There are few Anacortes residents as instantly recognizable as Bobo the Gorilla. Born in the July of 1951, Bobo was taken from Africa to Ohio by a hunter who found him "abandoned." Anacortes fisherman Bill Lowman bought Bobo at an early age and took him to town, where Bobo became quite the attraction. Everyone wanted to know about the family that owned a great ape, and see the gorilla in action - Bobo even got onto the cover of Life Magazine once. Unfortunately, by 22 months it was clear that Bobo was too large and strong for the Lowmans to handle. Bobo was moved to Woodland Park Zoo where zookeepers would attempt in vain to provide him a mate - a gorilla named Fifi. Bobo died at age 17 although his lifespan should have been closer to 50. His stuffed body is now occasionaly displayed at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.


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