This annual event is dedicated to one of the Zoo’s most beloved animals, Samson, the silverback gorilla. This magnificent animal arrived at the Zoo’s Washington Park location in 1950 from West Africa, at an estimated one year of age. He lived out his life here and became an icon for the Zoo and the animal collection. Samson died of an apparent heart attack in 1981 at the age of 32. The Samson Stomp annual run began in 1981 as a way to commemorate Samson’s life.