Officials at Zoo Atlanta have released preliminary necropsy findings following the recent passing of Ivan the gorilla, who died at the zoo on August 20.
According to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service, preliminary partial necropsy findings show that Ivan’s immediate cause of death was likely associated with an invasive mass in the chest. Early partial test results indicate that this was a tumor.
Detailed analysis and tests are still pending, Zoo Atlanta says. Final necropsy results are expected in eight weeks.
A public memorial service for Ivan is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in The Ford African Rain Forest at Zoo Atlanta.
Per the wishes of the family of Ivan’s original owners and of the Woodland Park Zoo, his remains were cremated and will be returned to Tacoma.