30 December 1984 (aged 54)|
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.[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.
- Milwaukee Public Museum Exhibit: Samson Remembered
- "All results for Massa The Gorilla". http://search.ancestry.com/. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2015. External link in
- A Farewell To Massa, Daily News, by Frank Dougherty, Jan. 2, 1985
- NY Times, 54-YEAR-OLD GORILLA, OLDEST IN CAPTIVITY, DIES IN PHILADELPHIA, UPI, January 1, 1985
| World's oldest living Gorilla
? – December 30, 1984