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
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.
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。
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.
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.
The Future for 鳍
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.
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。