This update was written by primate keeper Melba Brown.
This week has been a remarkable one for our western lowland gorilla infant, Moke. For the first time, primate keepers and visitors observed our littlest gorilla take his first steps in the outdoor yard independent of his mother, Calaya! He stuck close by her side, at times touching Calaya’s hand, as he stood up, walked around, foraged and sat down. Clearly, Moke’s confidence is growing, and the amount of time he spends exploring will only increase from this point forward. Although brief, this episode was significant. His progress is amazing considering the fact that Moke turns six months old on Monday, Oct. 15.