The Great Ape Escape 

The concept of BARF World, Inc. started over 40 years ago.  During my early years,  wanting to share my passion of feeding biologically appropriate raw food to animals, I was able to visit many zoos across the continental United States.  I have written other articles regarding my interesting experiences in dealing with Zoos, but this one tops them all.  

Robert Mueller, Sr. · September 13, 2021

The Great Ape Escape 

The concept of BARF World, Inc. started over 40 years ago.  During my early years,  wanting to share my passion of feeding biologically appropriate raw food to animals, I was able to visit many zoos across the continental United States.  I have written other articles regarding my interesting experiences in dealing with Zoos, but this one tops them all.  

A late Fall regional zoo conference in Texas several years ago was the ultimate experience. We were invited to attend the AAZPA regional conference at the Glady Porter Zoo in Texas. Because of our affiliation with the Zoos as a supplier of raw meat diets for the larger carnivores, we had the privilege of visiting the back room quarters.  This was kind of a big deal since other visitors were not allowed to enter the back room quarters.  There were about 100 people attending the zoo for a personal tour of the facility. I have always been fascinated with the large ape exhibits, so once we had a chance to tour the Gorilla complex, I couldn’t wait to see the exhibit. The holding pens behind the scenes are just strong barred cages that house the apes off site from the visitors.

By being able to see these animals up close provided a new perspective of their abilities. We had 100 AAZPA (AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ZOOLOGICAL PARKS AND AQUARIUM) attendees packed in  behind the scenes of the great ape exhibit. There was very little room for anyone to move in this small area. I was one of the first to enter the room so I was backed all the way up to the back of the storage cage which housed one of the nation’s largest great ape creatures. I was fascinated at the size and power that these animals have. My body was packed tight against the bars of his cage as I carefully watched him from about 15 feet away. I learned a good lesson at that moment. You DON’T try to stare down a great ape. They don’t like it evidently because before I could even react, this huge specimen lunged forward and smashed his chest into the bars next to where I was standing. Fortunately the bars were narrow enough that he couldn’t reach his hands through the cage, or I was all done.  The reality was that I was face to face (within 3 inches) to the largest beast I have ever seen this close. I could smell his breath as he was breathing on me from 3 inches away and staring me straight in my eyes.  Needless to say- it scared the bigeebees out of me. The people that were closest to me that saw this happen also had a near death experience.

 We left the exhibit with a sense of fear and respect that I have never experienced since.  While walking away, I looked back at the massive Gorilla, I noticed the haughty grin on his face that showed pure satisfaction for letting me know that he was the boss.  

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Robert Mueller, Sr.

Robert Mueller, Sr.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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