Chaka #0864 (1984-) Male Western Lowland Gorilla. Born on July 22, 1984 at the Philadelphia Zoo. Sire: John #0358 (1967-1995), died at the Philadelphia Zoo in the tragic Christmas Eve fire. Dam: Samantha #0359 (1967-1995), died at the Philadelphia Zoo in the tragic Christmas Eve fire. Chaka has a total of nine offspring, eight living, one deceased.
Thomas & Eileen Lonergan were stranded in the Coral Sea in 1998 while scuba diving. None of the crew or passengers noticed that the 2 had not come back. They were never found and they are presumed to have died at sea. Some of their gear was found on a beach including a diver's slate that read: "[Mo]nday Jan 26; 1998 08am. To anyone [who] can help us: We have been abandoned on A[gin]court Reef by MV Outer Edge 25 Jan 98 3pm. Please help us [come] to rescue us before we die. Help!!!"