While it has been an adjustment for the group to all be back together, their social dynamics are slowly returning back to normal. We have seen Baraka fulfilling his role as silverback by being more protective of his group following the separation, which is to be expected. Moke is understandably excited to be back with Kibibi and Mandara. He has been seen mischievously chasing after Mandara and Baraka on several occasions, as well as getting back to his joyous play sessions with Kibibi.
We are not the only ones grateful for the spring-like weather around Washington, D.C. over the past week. The gorilla troop has been enjoying some time outside. Warm and sunny days also bring more visitors to the Zoo, so we hope that if you are in the park, you will stop by the Great Ape House to spend time with our gorilla and orangutans who reside in the building. This balmy weather is also a reminder that we will have a big event to celebrate in the Spring—Moke’s first birthday April 15!
Wild about Moke? Follow his adventures at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo using the hashtag #GorillaStory. During your next visit, chat with a member of the Zoo’s animal care team at the daily 1 p.m. gorilla keeper talk.