Massa (gorilla)

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Massa (gorilla)
Sex Male
Born 1930
Died 30 December 1984 (aged 54)
Philadelphia Zoo

Massa (1930 – 30 December 1984) was the oldest living gorilla, reaching an age of 54 years, until his death in 1984.[1]

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 the Philadelphia Zoo.[2][3][dead link]

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


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Preceded by
World's oldest living Gorilla
? – December 30, 1984
Succeeded by