3-year-old Matabishi who was recently found abandoned by animal traffickers
Andre Bauma, Chief Caregiver at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center, reports that little Matabishi is doing quite well after his rescue. He has around-the-clock care from two caregivers, but for now, has no contact with the other gorillas because he is still in quarantine. Matabishi is eating very well (forest food and milk), but remains quite shy and fearful. This is likely the result of being mistreated by the animal traffickers that we suspect stole him away from his family. Andre is quite certain Matabishi will return to being a playful baby after soaking in a bit more love from his caregivers. Meanwhile, the girls (Ndakasi, Maisha, and Ndeze) are constantly climbing up the trees next to the lower compound to get a peak at the new tenant.
Adult female Gato of the Humba group relaxing in the sun with her baby
Last week, ranger Diddy Mwanaki checked up on the Humba group to see how Gato and her 4-month-old baby were faring. Diddy is happy to report mother and baby are doing very well. This family has been splitting and coming back together this year as silverbacks Humba and Nyakamwe sort out leadership of the group. As was the case last time rangers checked in on the group, Nyakamwe had all the females with him, while Humba remained in the company of the other males.
Silverback Nyakamwe - for now the leader of the Humba group
Silverback Humba - a likely metaphor for how he feels about Nyakamwe having control of the females