Moke did not interact with his father, Baraka, at that time. However, I have observed Moke looking at his dad with an eye of deference; it is possible he is wowed by Baraka’s massive size! As I mentioned last week, Moke weighs about 8 pounds, compared to Baraka’s 436-pound frame. It will be interesting to see how affiliations change as Moke becomes older!
Can’t get enough of Moke? Visit him at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Great Ape House from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note that the gorillas have the option to rest in an off-exhibit enclosure if they choose. Don’t miss the gorilla keeper chat, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. daily, to get the latest scoop on our troop.