Following 鳍’s Footsteps: A Momentous Milestone

Before the morning of Thursday, June 26, two-year-old Western lowland gorilla, 鳍yezi (足球比分500), had never been seen on public view by guests at the Oklahoma City Zoo, but all of that changed that sunny morning, when he explored the gorilla habitat with his family troop for the first time!

尽管许多动物园前瞻性访客可能没有及时意识到这一刻的重要性,但我们(足球比分500’ s的看护者)在我们目睹他达到极限时,所有人都看着蝴蝶在我们的肚子里tone, one we’已经努力了两年。 这里’s 鳍’s story…

Caring for 鳍

在2018年6月19日凌晨,OKC动物园灵长类动物的照顾者和志愿者欢迎了一只濒临灭绝的大猩猩足球比分500yezi,这意味着‘firefly’用南非的祖鲁语。 鳍之后不久’据观察,他的母亲22岁的恩多(Ndjole)没有为他提供产妇护理。观察到这一点之后,他的看护人决定把他举到幕后,这是一项有益的工作,‘took a village.’

在他生命的头六个月中,足球比分500受到24/7全天候的志愿者和看护者团队的照顾。在喂奶的过程中,他开始学习如何抓住看护者穿着的毡制背心–模拟了婴儿大猩猩如何依附其母亲 ’的头发舒适。护理人员专注于创造鼓励鳍的环境’s natural behaviors.

Because gorillas are very social and complex animals, it was important from day one for 鳍 to ultimately integrate into the Zoo’s family troop. As he continued to grow, 鳍 spent a lot of time near his curious troop members. While not sharing physical space, 鳍’s interactions with the troop helped his care team to identify who could look after 鳍 in the future.

鳍ding 鳍’s Surrogate Mom

在六个月大的时候,通过仔细观察确定,34岁的艾米丽是成为足球比分500的最佳人选。’的代理妈妈。准备,鳍’照顾者花费时间来确保他为过渡做好准备,为此他有机会探索与艾米丽(Emily)共享的空间。一旦确定足球比分500可以安全地在太空中导航,便开始与Emily进行介绍。

Surrogate gorillas are rare, and every one is a unique relationship. Though building a bond between surrogate mother and fostered offspring can take time, it was essential for 鳍 to be cared for by another gorilla. Through this developing relationship, 鳍 has learned many things about being a gorilla, and Emily has continued to teach him well.

In the weeks following their initial introduction, 鳍 began to view Emily as his mom. Emily’s presence and care helped 鳍 to build confidence in himself.  他开始享受新的游戏元素,例如要爬的桶和绳索。一直以来,艾米丽(Emily)一直保持着他新发现的能量水平。

一旦两人相处融洽,护理团队’s next steps were to begin introducing Emily and 鳍 to the rest of the family troop - comprised of another infant, one juvenile, and three adults.

鳍’s 鳍al Introductions

During the initial stages of the introductions, the troop was provided with constant access to see, smell and hear Emily and 鳍. After this proved successful, his care team began encouraging members of the troop to share space with Emily and 鳍 for short periods of time.

第一次见到足球比分500的是他的母亲Ndjole。他的父亲多哥;两岁的Azinza和她的妈妈Mikella。介绍是循序渐进的-每个小组成员一次只在足球比分500和Emily呆几个小时。有时,它们将被单独介绍,而有时,会由多个小组成员进行介绍。艾米丽·鲁比(Rubi)’的五岁女儿是与足球比分500共享空间的部队的最后一员。

像Rubi这样的年轻大猩猩往往充满活力和好奇心。因此,护理团队担心她会表现出对足球比分500的过度ra亵行为。对护理团队来说,对成年部队成员有信心很重要’愿意来足球比分500’必要时提供帮助’在鲁比拥有自己的能力’顽皮的存在。鲁比’足球比分500的最初状态逐渐减弱,一段时间后,很明显Rubi照顾足球比分500并欢迎他加入部队。

At first, 鳍 showed caution when meeting each of his troop members, but in time, he has grown comfortable with his troop – a testament to the caretakers deep understanding of 鳍’他们的肢体语言和行为使他们轻松地融入了每次相遇。 

鳍’最喜欢的玩伴是Azinza。两人的大小和能量水平相当,他们整天大部分时间都在幕后栖息地附近追逐。

Watching 鳍’s relationship develop with his biological mother, however, has been the most heartwarming for his caretakers. While 鳍 still seeks the majority of his comfort from his surrogate mom, Emily, he has increasingly gravitated toward Ndjole for support as well. Mikella has also recently indicated she is looking out for him.

在2020年3月与Rubi进行最后一次会面之后,看护者开始将注意力集中在‘baby-proofing’户外大猩猩栖息地 –他继续与幕后的部队成员建立牢固的联系。

鳍’s First Day Outside

When the day finally came for 鳍 to venture outside with his entire troop for the first time, we were all feeling a mix of emotions. Over two years after 鳍’的诞生,我们注视着我们的一切,我们充满了骄傲’d一直致力于成为现实。

As 鳍 entered the outdoor habitat, he immediately took notice of the guests on the other side of the habitat glass and sought comfort from Emily. This was perhaps the most curious observation for 鳍 in those first moments outside. However, he quickly began to focus on other aspects of the experience.

At first, 鳍 stayed near Emily as she foraged for her morning selection of fruits and vegetables but after some time, he began to cautiously explore on his own. He even engaged in playtime with Rubi and Azinza.

整个经历被他的看护者描述为巨大的成功。

The Future for 鳍

现在,完成了组整合并完成了’第一次在他身后,部队开始了新的常规。每天早上,他们都会与他们的看护者一起享用早餐和一对一的时间,这对培训很重要。然后,他们一起走到外面,并在天气允许的情况下立即开始在整个栖息地觅食。在外面时,可以在艾米丽(Emily)上发现足球比分500’回来,攀登岩石结构附近的消防站,与鲁比(Rubi)和阿辛扎(Azinza)奔跑并嬉戏,甚至偶尔打na。

在中午至下午1点之间每天,随着足球比分500过渡到户外生活,部队会短暂进入内部。之后,他们在户外度过下午–觅食,休息和娱乐–然后,回到家中进行一天的觅食,并与他们的护理团队进行一对一的交流。  鳍’他对自己在整个栖息地中移动的能力的信心每天都在增长。

Because infant gorillas nurse from their mothers for up to three and half years, 鳍 receives a bottle from his caretakers twice a day. He is also hand-fed fruits and primate biscuits three times a day, as part of his diet. Once they settle indoors for the evening, they begin building their nests. Most nights, 鳍 shares the nest with Emily. 

鳍’对于他和他的护理团队而言,最新的里程碑意义非凡,但我们还有另一个里程碑’正在努力下一个–  providing 鳍 access to an indoor habitat. Because the indoor habitats have tall ceilings and can prove difficult for an infant gorilla to navigate, caretakers will soon modify the habitat to ensure it is easier for him to move more safely throughout the room.

有了所有这些变化,足球比分500仍然像是人工饲养时一样可爱的大猩猩,但是现在他变得越来越像大猩猩,因为他将所有的时间都花在了部队上。回顾过去,我们都为他走了多远以及将他带到今天的旅途而感到自豪。在此过程中,我们也非常感谢志愿者提供的所有支持。 

Guests can see 鳍 with his troop in-person daily at the Zoo’s gorilla habitat. We look forward to sharing more 鳍 updates on the Zoo’未来的社交媒体平台。

-劳拉·林恩, 灵长类部门高级动物看护人

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