Animal behaviorist Jordi Sabater Pi dies, aged 87
“I believe that humanity is on the road to abolishing the mistreatment of animals, but when it finally makes it into legislation, there will not be any animals left in the wild to protect.” [Professor Jordi Sabater Pi (1922-2009
More of Pi’s sketches here: bibliodyssey.blogspot.com
Spanish ethologist Jordi Sabater Pi, who discovered the only albino gorilla known to man in the 1960s, has died at the age of 87, the University of Barcelona announced.
Pi, was a professor at the university’s faculty of psychology, he pioneered the study of animal behaviour in Spain, passed away on Wednesday, it said in a statement.
He discovered the albino gorilla in 1966 in Equatorial Guinea when the gorilla was being held in captivity by a hunter belonging to the Fang tribe. Pi brought the animal to Spain, it lived at the Barcelona zoo until its death in 2003.
The gorilla, named ‘Copito de Nieve’ or ‘Snowflake’, was featured on postcards and mentioned in tourist guides, becoming an unofficial mascot for the city and famous around the world.
Pi lobbied actively for the protection and conservation of primates.