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This is Ivan

Learn from his legacy by helping to support the creation of a larger than life-size bronze sculpture of Ivan to be placed at the entrance to the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.



Donate Now

Give to the Beloved Ivan cause through The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, your community foundation, committed to helping build a stronger future for the Pierce County region. GTCF may redirect funds to fulfill donor intent.

Ivan’s Story

Who was Ivan and how did he come to live such an unorthodox life? This is his story. Today Ivan’s legacy continues to inspire empathy for the lives of gorillas.

The Project

Inspired by the affection the Tacoma community felt for Ivan – the “Beloved Ivan” project will create, install, and fund a life-size bronze sculpture of Ivan at the entrance to Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

Tell Us Your Ivan Story

Do you remember Ivan? Perhaps from childhood at the B&I? Maybe you saw him in the Atlanta zoo? Tell us your Ivan story. Click on the link above to bring you to the story portal.

Ivan’s World

Help us think beyond Ivan. Take a look at the world where Ivan was born. Help understand the plight of the great gorillas in their natural habitat. See how you can help. In the coming week(s) we will identify and publish several wildlife organizations who’s focus is lowland gorillas and their habitat, that are in alignment with the Beloved Ivan project.

About the Artist

Douglas Granum derives inspiration from his world travel and appreciation of the unusual – disparate places and experiences. Now he will put his extraordinary talent to a new sculpture of our Beloved Ivan.




We would visit Ivan at the B&I when I was a little boy. My wife was able to see Ivan at the Atlanta Zoo before he passed away.


When I was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in the 1970s I took my two boys (then ages 8-10 yrs ) to see Ivan at the B&I....

Air Force Ret. Colonel G Wohlfeil

This is testimonial three about Ivan and how I remember him.



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