A pair of
former Hollywood celebrities are now making their home in El Paso.
stars are Congo a 20 pound gorilla, and Jumbo, an East India python,
18 feet long and two feet wide.
appeared in numerous jungle pictures. four years ago Congo was
a featured actor in Tarzan films. Jumbo had minor parts in the
now appearing in Sam Houston's jungle exhibit at 109 San Antonio
ferocity caused his removal from the film colony. He was
declared an "outlaw," and Mr. Houston took the gorilla on a tour
after Hollywood producers refused to renew his contract.
kept in a small cage with iron bars. Mr. Houston said that the
gorilla has a sunny disposition until four years ago.
Gable:, a mild mannered Rhesus monkey, lives in the cage next to
Congo. Congo spends much of his time roaring and abusing his
neighbor in jungle fashion.
Congo, Jumbo, the 30-year-ole python, is quiet and orderly.
The Python was imported from East India. He dines on rabbits
and chickens and sheds his skin for times a year.
Houston, who once promoted the gentry Bothers Dog and Pony Show.
brought the gorilla and python to El Paso a month ago.
has been directing jungle exhibits for 50 years and has grown
philosophical with respect to the ways of monkeys. "Yon can't
break them," he said. "They'll bite me the same as anybody
was born in Winchester Ind., 75 years ago, and took his first fling
at show business when he was 15.
hoping for a renewal of Congo's movie contract when the gorilla
learns to control his temper.