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(Fri., August 3, 2012)—The Honolulu Zoo is sad to report that its18-year-old chimpanzee has died. Ke`aloha (Kea), a favorite of zoo visitors for nearly two decades, passed away early this morning.

            The cause of death is being determined, and extensive laboratory tests taken during the period when he began showing signs of illness are being reviewed. Earlier this week zookeepers were alerted that there were potential health issues when Kea became lethargic.

           Kea was admitted to the Zoo's Veterinary Clinic Tuesday for a complete examination when he did not respond to medication.  The cause of death will be determined when all lab results are completed.


            Kea is survived by his parents Roscoe and Kumi, and older brother Kibale. Members of the zoo staff are making all efforts to allow his survivors to express their loss and appropriate grieving behaviors. The Honolulu Zoo's chimpanzee community is comprised of five males and three females.





Randy Leong, Deputy Director, Department of Enterprise Services, 768-5415

Dr. Ben Okimoto, DVM, Honolulu Zoo Veterinarian, 971-7180