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N'gagi 535 lb. Mountain Gorilla Vintage 1940's Real-Photo PC
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N'gagi 535 lb. Mountain Gorilla Vintage 1940's Real-Photo PC
N'gagi 535 lb. Mountain Gorilla Vintage 1940's Real-Photo PC

N'gagi 535 lb. Mountain Gorilla Vintage 1940's Real-Photo PC

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This is a vintage real-photo postcard of San Diego Zoo's Gorilla N'Gagi. "N'Gagi" is the Swahili name for Mountain Gorilla. In 1931 explorers Martin and Osa Johnson brought two juvenile male gorillas, N’Gagi and M’Bongo, to the San Diego Zoo. They both reached over 600 pounds before passing away in the early 1940’s. M'Bongo was a fatty whereas N'Gagi was a superb muscular silverback. M’Bongo died first - he contracted “Valley Hay Fever” from spores in his hay bedding.

N’Gagi is on record as the biggest male Mountain Gorilla of all time (wild or in captivity). N'gagi, died at San Diego Zoo on January 11, 1944 at the age of 18. He weighed 638 lb at his heaviest in 1943 just before his death. He was 5-ft 7-in tall and boasted a record chest measurement of 78 inches. Researchers believe both gorillas eventually turned obese due to captivity and food abundance - probably causing their early death. N’Gagi died without issue of any off-spring.

Fresh from an old photo album this postcard has sharp corners and some age toning. Free USPS shipping and packing inside USA.
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