This update was written by primate keeper Melba Brown.
Our western lowland gorilla infant Moke is nine weeks old, and he is taking in all of the sights, sounds and scents around him. I thought he would be a bit older before he began exhibiting behaviors reminiscent of either Calaya or Baraka. However, I can say unequivocally that Moke is just like his mom!
He may be small in stature, but Moke can be feisty and persistent. At times, watching Calaya trying to contain his flailing limbs seems like she’s trying to contain an octopus out of water! He is determined when he wants to explore, and recently I witnessed Calaya grunt at him with displeasure when he would not settle down. Now, Moke has eight teeth—four uppers and four lowers. Before, Moke would express his displeasure by biting Calaya’s arm. Now, I see him gnawing her legs, hands and feet. Mom simply shifts her body, and then he settles down.