Anacortes Museum staff assisted these students with research on Bobo and Anacortes history, also providing the photos and movies for this great short documentary film.
More about Bobo: Bobo was born in 1951 and acquired by the Lowman family soon afterward, he came home to Anacortes in December 1951. It is interesting to note that Bill Lowman's grandfather, acquired a monkey c.1905 and brought it to Anacortes: perhaps that early experience predisposed the Lowmans to taking on a gorilla [See Lowman family file in museum research library.]
December 1953 the Lowmans gave Bobo to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle where he lived until his death on February 22, 1968. Bobo was a huge attraction at the zoo, as was his supposed mate, Fifi. For good footage of Bobo at the Lowman home, see the more Bobo movies, visit the Anacortes Movie Catalog tab on our website.