This update was written by primate keepers Alex Reddy and Matt Spence.
Our western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, turned one month old on Tuesday! He continues to do well and remains bright and alert.
Perhaps the biggest physical change in Moke is that he seems to be gaining strength by the day. Calaya no longer needs to cradle him all the time. He is able to hang on tight to his mom’s chest while she knuckle-walks throughout the habitat.
As keeper Melba Brown mentioned in the last #gorllastory update, Calaya is participating in training sessions that help us evaluate her body condition and overall health. During these sessions, Moke will often look around to see where the keepers’ voices are coming from and will make eye contact with us. Sometimes, we will even hear him emit a pleasure rumble vocalization or two! That lets us know that he is very content.