Snowflake: The White Gorilla
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In 1967, local villagers in Africa’s Equitorial Guinea captured a remarkable baby gorilla with a coat of pure white. The film tells the story of this amazing animal, from his loving upbringing by humans to his eventual death from skin cancer in 2003. It also tracks the revolutionary changes in our understanding of how best to care for gorillas that have taken place during Snowflake’s lifetime. Buy the DVD. This film premiered February 19, 2005.

  • Amber

    This video was awesome. I never knew some much about Gorillas and I’m glad I watched this movie. I was amazed when I saw and heard about Snowflake, he was so cool.

  • Chuck Oakley

    That was the first I”d herd of a white great Ape, the eyes had no red, he had eyes like a human

  • Chuck Oakley

    That was the first I”d herd of a white great Ape, the eyes had no red, he had eyes like a human

  • michelle clarke

    i took my children to the zoo we saw snow flake 2001 he look so human and he even posed for the cameras like all men we br0ught and white snow flake teddy

  • Jeff Schwartz

    Thank you Snowflake – for teaching us the true value of you!! We consider ourselves to be on top of the animal intelligence list – only because we made the list!!!!!! We are learning – with the help of those like you!!!

  • T. Milam

    Snowflake was a amazing animal and seemed like such a sweetheart:) Thank you so much PBS for this informative video. I am a history teacher and am very thankful to be able to use your resources on a daily basis to educate my students!!!

  • R Neal

    My daughter loves this video. However, the video is often “unavailable” or stops halfway through. Would be much more enjoyable without the technical difficulties.

  • L. Paz

    As a proud New Yorker I’m very pleased to know that we have a zoo that is trying to make a difference in this day of age where our wildlife is disappearing. I attend the zoo with my wife and daughter as much as we can, we have the family membership which is fantastic. Congo is my favorite attraction followed by the Africa plains and my daughters favorite the Butterfly Garden.

  • HI

    Save the gorillas!

  • GRONEGG

    Is there an embedded code to this video…?

  • Tuan

    if I was snowflake, I would revenge humans for killing my mother. However, I would forgive them because they save a lot of my fellows, especially New York Zoo.

  • damn

    I dont like the message this video is giving.
    It’s saying that we can take an animal out of the forest as long as we understand it and can take care of it.
    We should really fight to save the animals and leave it in its natural environment instead of trying to make a
    “natural” environment for it after capturing it.

  • brooke

    I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THOSE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN KILLING SNOWFLAKES FAMILY OR ANY GORILLA OR SPECIES AND SELLING THEM ALIVE OR DEAD AND THOSE TAKING DOWN FORESTS (SEEING THAT HUNDREDS OF YEAR OLD TREE BEING CUT DOWN) BULL DOZING HABITATS AND ENVIRONMENTS FOR SPECIES OF THIS WORLD AND THOSE THAT BUY THESE SPECIES DEAD OR ALIVE AND THOSE THAT PROFIT FROM THAT AND FROM THE MAKING OF FURNITURE OR SOME SPECIALTY ITEM FROM THAT TREE AND FORESTS OF THE WORLD (WHEN IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO CUT DOWN A “”"HEALTHY”"” FOREST)AND ENCROACHMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE IN THE FOREST OR NEAR WATER (AND THEN HAVE GOVERNMENTS BAIL THEM OUT WHEN MOTHER NATURE HITS OR REBUILD SANDY BEACHES EACH YEAR BECAUSE THEY ONLY VISIT THEIR VACATION HOME TWICE A YEAR BUT NEED A BEACH) I HOPE AND PRAY YOU BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY MONEY WILL GO TO CONSERVATION OF SPECIES(WHAT WILL FUTURE GENERATIONS SEE) AND FORESTS(WHAT OXYGEN WILL YOU BREATH IF ALL FORESTS JUNGLES ARE CUT DOWN OR SEAS POLLUTED)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT WILL YOU DO???????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jalen

    SNOW FLAKE WAS A GOOD GARILLA

  • DIYONIIE

    SNOW FLAK WAS A FANTASTIC GARILLA

  • MINERVA

    HE LIVED A GOOD LIFE.

  • Claire

    I thought that this film had a very good message. It showed us the importance of the proper care of our animals. It also touched quite a bit on the importance of wildlife conservation. It was heartwarming to hear that there are people out there trying to help out. The earth has a lot of problems, but we can help make it better. Thanks, NATURE. Make more, pretty please! :)

  • Marcia

    I agree with some of the things that have been said, such as keeping these animals in the wild where they belong. In the case of Snowflake though, I believe the right thing was done. Being the fact that he was white made him visible and therefor would have been an easy target for poachers and other predatory what have yous! He surely wouldnt have lived a long and good life like he did. Most albino animals dont live to maturity in the wild . So I am thankful for Snowflake, he sure could put a smile on my face!

  • Colton

    I love this video i wish i saw him at the zoo!

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