Announcing Zoo Baby Blog's First Ever Guest Post!Post and pictures by Delbert Warner
Last fall, Windy Sawczyn posted the most adorable pictures of baby gorillas with their mothers on Google+. She then intrigued me with the Zoo Baby Theft Caper informing those of us reading her post of how Olympia had stolen Bomassa from Jamani. It was scandalous! Since you are reading this, you know the whole story and the events that have occurred since then. If not, go back and catch up.
|Bomassa holding up his sweetie feeties|
I have enjoyed learning all about this wonderful gorilla family and have been captivated by their faces. The babies are indeed adorable, but I have to say that the adults have strong personalities and expressions of their own. I live on the opposite side of the US, so for all this time, I have been an admirer from afar. Until last week.
|Apollo mimics his mom Olympia|
|Bomassa mimics his mom Jamani|
I walked quickly to the ticket booth, passing as many families as I politely could and purchased my entry. After a quick trip to the restroom, (it was a two hour drive) I headed straight away for the gorillas. The expanse of the zoo amazed me. It was beautiful there and I can only imagine how much more so it will be in the summer. I was hoping the gorillas would be out when I reached them, and there they were! I mean right there up against the glass with me on the other side. Both Olympia and Jamani were there with their boys Apollo and Bomassa. All of them were very active. If the glass were not there, I would have been able to reach out at arms length and touch them all.
The father, Nkosi was on the exercise structure when I arrived, but he wandered around a lot and came up to the the viewing area from time to time for a visit. It was incredible! I cannot put into words what this experience was like for me. I encourage you to do the same someday. Keep in mind that that these boys are growing, so it would not be wise to postpone your own visit for too long. You may miss out on the adorableness of their young age.
There is a future option. There is another pregnant mother in the compound. Her name is Acacia. I think she is due in August. She seemed to like to be alone. She did wander by me at another viewing window and then went over to a pond, bent over, and drank.
I'm not a big fan of zoos, but I have to say that this was the best zoo experience I have ever had. And Olympia, she is still at it! I saw her grab at Bomassa more than once during the few short hours I spent there.
|Acacia keeping to herself by the wall, Nkosi front right, walking behind Olympia and Apollo|
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