Tacoma zoo statue planned for Ivan the gorilla
by Associated Press Wire
December 03, 2012 10:00 AM | 434 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The former owner of Ivan the gorilla plans to build a life-size statue of the gorilla to stand outside the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.

KING reports the Metro Parks Board approved the idea last week for a statue that would be privately funded.

Ivan’s former owner, Ron Irwin, hopes to raise $200,000 or the statue.

The Irwin family brought Ivan from Africa in 1964 and had him on display at its B&I Store until 1995 when they sold the market and sent Ivan to the Atlanta Zoo. He died there in August.

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Information from: KING-TV.

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