This update was written by Meredith Bastian, curator of primates, and Becky Malinsky, assistant curator of primates.
Our 10-month-old western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, is well on his way to recovery following a fracture to his left femur last month. With each passing day, Moke places more weight on his injured leg. His gait and movement have improved over the past four weeks. In fact, the way he maneuvers around his habitat at the Great Ape House, you would have no inclination he has a broken bone!
Moke’s overall demeanor is good, and he is just as playful as always. He and his parents, Baraka and Calaya, receive multiple types of enrichment every day, and he shows a lot of interest in every new object he encounters. One of his favorite activities is climbing, and he practices this skill often, swinging back and forth on the mesh and hanging upside-down from his feet. Keepers baby-proofed his favorite climbing spots by adding a thick layer of hay bedding, providing Moke with a soft spot to land just in case he takes a tumble.