Sunday, April 27, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gorillas at the Top

What do Baby Gorillas Want

when they climb up high?  Apollo seems to like to climb up to the very top of the structure just for fun. Certainly it's wonderful for him, and helps him build strength and agility. But then when he gets up there, he does like to find his mom and hang out with her for awhile. He's a very social little guy.

Granted, it might take a minute or two for mother gorilla and her baby to get comfortable.

And then when it's all over, Olympia usually helps her little son get down safely. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Awe-Inspiring Gorilla Climbing Skills

Baby Like a Rocket

Apollo is not even two years old yet, but he shoots up the climbing tree in no time flat. Just a few months ago, he would proceed tentatively, but now he is sure of his every move and moves fast. Sometimes when I watch him climb, I just stand there and gasp.
This past Monday he used those capable hands and feet of his to get right up to the top in just a few minutes. He does not need any help at all from his mom, but sometimes, he does like to go and find Olympia,  and climb on her too.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bomassa Enjoys the Day

The baby gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo are still doing great and they are such a joy to see.  Here's a look at Bomassa taking a break this past Wednesday on a beautiful day. Suddenly he stretches his torso up, throws back his head and gazes at the sky. He'd been munching all morning on a big head of lettuce, some half peppers, and a huge stalk of celery.