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December 2, 2019
All Day
Anacortes, WA 98221
Bobo Arrives
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Bobo comes to town (1951)

Monday, December 2, 2019

There are few Anacortes residents as instantly recognizable as Bobo the Gorilla. Born in the July of 1951, was taken to Ohio by a hunter named Will Said, Anacortes fisherman Bill Lowman would end up buying Bobo at an early age and taking him to town, where Bobo became quite an attraction. Everyone wanted to know about the family that owned a great ape, and see the gorilla in action; Bobo even got onto the cover of Life Magazine once. Unfortunately, at around 22 months of age, it became clear that Bobo was a bit too large and strong for the Lowmans. Bobo was moved to Woodland Park Zoo where zookeepers would attempt in vain to breed him with another gorilla named Fifi. Bobo died at age 17 and his body is now immortalized in the Seattle Museum of Industry.