On August 20th of 2012, a Gorilla named Ivan had passed away at his home in Zoo Atlanta at the age of fifty. He was loved throughout his life and during his passing his best friend had sat with him, holding his hand as he had made his final journey, a true testament to how valued he was to all who knew him.
Four years after his passing on October 25th of 2016 the Beloved Ivan campaign that had been coordinated by the Friends of Ivan had come to its completion by successfully raising enough funds to erect a permanent monument of Ivan the Gorilla™ at the entrance to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. This lasting tribute was designed to not only honor Ivan but to serve as a continual reminder that there will always be more that can be done by our kind for his. As years pass the population of his species continue to struggle as ours continues to flourish and now more than ever more action must be taken on our part to ensure that this world can be shared by all whom call it home. To continue his legacy, 10% from each sale of limited-edition Ivan the Gorilla™ merchandise will either go to the Dian Fossey Foundation or the Wildlife Conservation Society in Ivan’s name.
The contents of this website are to serve as a true account of the life of Ivan the Gorilla™ as told by his friends & family. It is a collection of pictures taken throughout his life, his treasured artwork, family stories & media from the campaign that had created his monument. This homage to Ivan does not only provide a better understanding of his life but more importantly it defines his ambassadorship to gorillas around the globe. More can be done to preserve the natural habitats of these majestic tribes to ensure that they survive in their native homelands.
There has always been one truth regarding Ivan the Gorilla™, everyone had their own Ivan story. Whether he was known to them or not, his story and his personality had resonated something within us, perhaps it was a remembrance to a long-forgotten kinship or how he had a represented a movement that had brought awareness to how animals should be respected. His life was truly unique among his kind & it was filled with many rich experiences as well as controversies. It was all the while a tale should have never come to pass, this extraordinary life of a gorilla named Ivan will only be lived this once.
The true measure of any legend is how the story is told onward and when it comes to Ivan, there will always be just as many truths as well as fiction, whether these are spoken together or not in the end, the only value was that the story was told.
It did not matter on which side you chose to stand for Ivan, it only mattered that you stood for him.