RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jun. 11, 2008 at 4:16pm

Ivan the Gorilla

Tacoma's Own Great Ape

Mark Monlux illustrated Ivan the other day down at frost park.

Mark's Ape

Many of the young persons didn't know what it was about  this is the rest of teh story:

A Story and a Life that Continues to Touch and Inspire Us All!

In 1987, after becoming aware of the plight of this highly social animal, who had been confined alone to a 14' x 14' concrete cell for more than 27 years, PAWS began a campaign to free Ivan. It took more than 7 years. Ivan, who had been imported to the US from then Zaire by owner of B&I Shopping Center in Tacoma in 1964, had not seen another gorilla since the death of his infant sister Burma in that same year. full Ivan Gorilla PAWS Story

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comments [17]  |  posted under animals, apes, chalk, history, tacoma

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by Heather on 6/11/2008 @ 4:50pm
Thank you, RR!

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/11/2008 @ 7:02pm
Yeah, Tacoma is a tough town. I remember checkin' out Ivan many times as kid back in the 60's. Also during that era, Point Defiance had its share of undersize cages: The polar bear and brown bear cages (the brown bear cage foundation is still intact across the road from the dahlia and rose garden); the indoor lion and tiger cages. And lastly, let's not forget the parakeet cages downtown at Woolworth's.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/11/2008 @ 7:06pm
Yeah, Tacoma is a tough town. I remember checkin' out Ivan many times as a kid back in the 60's. Also during that era, Point Defiance had its share of undersize cages: The polar bear and brown bear cages (the brown bear cage foundation is still intact across the road from the dahlia and rose garden); the indoor lion and tiger cages. And lastly, let's not forget the parakeet cages downtown at Woolworth's.

by ElectricElliot on 6/11/2008 @ 8:38pm
Thanks, RR. I was curious what that drawing was about.

by morgan on 6/11/2008 @ 9:15pm
I was so amazed to read recently that Ivan was still alive! I used to love going to the pet store at the B&I (that's where Ivan was). The B&I also had this amazing video arcade. Only it was before video, so maybe it was a penny arcade. Seriously, some of the games they had were from the 20s or 30s - very vintage. Of course, being a lil one I had no idea. God I wish I had those games now!

by NineInchNachos on 6/11/2008 @ 9:22pm
from one of the links above: "Ivan is in with 2 female gorillas and in the spring of 1998 he had his first sexual experience, so maybe he’ll become a super dad"

Ivan made out OK in the end.

by Erik on 6/11/2008 @ 9:32pm
Good history lesson RR.

Ivan used to be in the news a lot.

by NineInchNachos on 8/21/2012 @ 7:49am
update: IVAN IS DEAD. 


m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail....

by cisserosmiley on 8/21/2012 @ 8:03am
Rest In Peace buddy

by NineInchNachos on 8/22/2012 @ 9:38pm
sick.  TNT should be fired.

www.thenewstribune.com/2012/08/22/226397...



by fredo on 8/22/2012 @ 9:56pm


RR, you'd be interested in this. Ivan was an artist! That's right. a woman who was working with him at B&I gave him paints and brushes and paper and he made creations. She gave me one of his paintings. Wish I could find it, I know it's around here somewhere.

by NineInchNachos on 8/22/2012 @ 10:01pm
Ivan painted in Atlanta too.  They sold his works to raise money for the zoo.  He also had two girlfriends.  Painters are like that.


by low bar on 8/22/2012 @ 10:57pm
"he spent 27 years by himself in a concrete enclosure."

Just let that sink in. I did. And then I started equipping gorilla rangers here.

www.awf.org/content/action/detail/3601

by NineInchNachos on 8/23/2012 @ 7:27pm
for real yo. 


by fredo on 8/23/2012 @ 7:31pm


we need an Ivan Reconciliation Park.

by low bar on 8/23/2012 @ 8:39pm
Obviously this calls for an overhaul of the Kalakala into a nuclear powered sea and land armored assault vehicle. Steam that sucker across the pond and up into the invading farmlands of the Congo and just scorch the earth. Operation hammerdown style. Turn everything back into non-developed jungle, seal off the borders and plant a sign that says: you have been reconciled. :) Parks are boring.

by NineInchNachos on 8/23/2012 @ 10:56pm
you'd have to topple tons of clear channel billboards to patch all the holes in that old silver slug.

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