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SF Zoo's chimpanzee matriarch dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Zoo's beloved chimpanzee matriarch Tallulah is dead.

She died Sunday from heart disease related to breast cancer.

Tallulah, a fixture at the zoo for nearly a half-century, was believed to be in her mid to late 50s.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel (http://bit.ly/VPqTSN) says she came to the zoo in 1967 after being raised privately as a pet. Tallulah was among the nation's oldest chimpanzees in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos.

The primate was seen as the matriarch of the three other members of her chimpanzee troop.

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Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel, http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

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