When it comes to a growing western lowland gorilla infant, a lot can change in just a short period. That is certainly the case with 14-month-old Moke. Since our last update two months ago, he has become much bolder, and with his growing confidence, we are beginning to see traces of his mom’s personality.
Moke and Calaya are very close. She is a very confident gorilla and makes her presence known. Moke is very much like her in that regard. They also have some of the same mannerisms. When Calaya wants to express her displeasure about something, she makes a gruff vocalization that sounds like a gentle bark. Moke will do this as well, when one of his troop members has an enrichment item or food that they refuse to share with him, or when his mom prevents him from doing what he wants.