Daniel the lowland gorilla

Veterinary Anatomy Museum

Gorilla skeleton

This is the skeleton of Daniel, the first gorilla to be successfully raised in captivity in Great Britain. He was born at Bristol Zoo on 10 April 1971 to parents Sampson and Delilah. He died tragically of a heart attack in front of the public on 22 August 1994. At the time he weighed approximately 160 kg. The post-mortem was carried out at the University’s Veterinary School at Langford and the bones were subsequently sent to the Department of Anatomy for reconstructive work. He is now on display in the lobby of the Pre-Clinical Veterinary School on Southwell Street.

  • Photographer: Dave Newbury
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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