"Quito was a great ambassador for his kind. Not just gorillas, but all apes. He inspired people to care about conservation and wildlife," said Supervisor of Zoo Animals Tracey Fenn.
Quito died at the age of 31. He has been a part of the Jacksonville Zoo for the last 15 years.
Several people left cards and flowers at the gorilla exhibit to honor Quito.
Saturday, visitors hung farewell messages to Quito on the bamboo near his exhibit as part of an Asian tradition of leaving messages for those that have passed.
The complete lab results haven't been finished to find the exact cause of Quito's death, but he did have a family history of heart problems, and the zoo believes that is how he died.
The Jacksonville Zoo donated $5 of every ticket purchased Saturday to fund gorilla research and conservation.
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