Goma turns 55 on 23rd September. This grand old gorilla can look back over an extraordinary life. Goma has been a celebrity since her birth in 1959. She was raised as one of the family by the zoo director at the time, Prof. Ernst Lang. As the first gorilla to be born in a European zoo, Goma was the favourite of an entire generation of zoo visitors. Visibly elderly, Goma still lives at Basel Zoo and enjoys good health.