This update was written by primate keeper Melba Brown.
Our western lowland gorilla infant Moke’s appearance has changed so much since he was born 15 weeks ago. Both his mother, Calaya, and father, Baraka, have distinctive reddish-brown hair on top of their heads. Moke’s phenotypic genes are expressing a brownish coloration on top of his head, and as he matures, the hue may deepen and become more unique. His black coat has emerged in typical gorilla form and is thicker than it was a couple of months ago. His abdomen, which lacks longer hair, is smooth and supple.