Massa (gorilla)

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Massa (1930 - 30 December 1984) lived to be 54 years old, and until 2008 [1] was the longest lived gorilla ever recorded.

Massa was born in the wild in Ghana. He was shipped to America at an early age and his first owner was Brooklyn eccentric Gertrude Lintz. In 1935, after accidentally spilling water on Massa, which startled him severely, Mrs. Lintz decided to sell him to Philadelphia Zoo.

In his prime, Massa weighed 400 lbs.

Massa lived at the zoo until his death from a stroke on 30 December 1984, following a special birthday party held by the zoo, complete with a special cake and a live dixieland band. He was buried within the grounds of the zoo.

The film Buddy was based on the life of Massa (with some elements from the life of another of Mrs. Lintz's gorillas, Gargantua, who was known at the time as Buddy).


  • Milwaukee Public Museum Exhibit: Samson Remembered
  • Massa the gorilla at Find a Grave


  1. ^ In May 2008, a Gorilla at the Dallas Zoo named Jenny celebrated her 55th birthday, becoming the world's oldest known gorilla.
Preceded by
World's oldest living Gorilla
? – December 30, 1984
Succeeded by