|At least on the page, where anything is possible, I wanted to give Ivan even while captive behind the walls of his tiny cage a voice of his own and a story to tell||One night, the janitor's daughter, Julia, gives Ivan some finger paints and it gives him an idea|
|Stella gets another infection in her foot and she dies because Mack never calls the vet||While he socializes well with his female companions, and is even observed mating with the flirtatious Kinyani, Ivan sires no offspring|
Ivan, a real gorilla, lived at Zoo Atlanta, but on the way to that happy ending, he spent almost three decades without seeing another of his own kind before being moved to Zoo Atlanta in 1994.
|He will not go outdoors again for nearly 30 years||When Stella dies, Ivan makes a promise to save her young friend, Ruby, from a life of captivity|
|The female dies soon after their arrival, and he spends his early years as a pet in a human household||As of 2020, 24 gorillas have been born at Zoo Atlanta since the opening of The Ford African Rain Forest in 1988|
Ivan was a cherished member of the Zoo Atlanta population from 1994 until his passing on August 20, 2012, at the age of 50.
|Ivan lives in a stationary circus with Stella the elephant and Bob, the stray dog||In this novel, Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a stationary circus|
|Sunlight, trees, grass and fresh air are sensory enrichment he has not experienced since 1967||Protestors come and then an inspector|
A short time later, Julia comes to visit.