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Kukena and Salome

Kukena is just starting to shuffle around, Salome watches him very carefully. He is now five and a half months old. Gorilla Island, photographed through the lion-tailed macaque enclosure, Bristol, 13th March 2012.

Kukena and Salome
gentle lemur, 14 Mar 2012
    • gentle lemur
      Kukena is just starting to shuffle around, Salome watches him very carefully. He is now five and a half months old. Gorilla Island, photographed through the lion-tailed macaque enclosure, Bristol, 13th March 2012.
    • IanRRobinson
      Someone, somewhere, will know how close "Salome" is to the oldest female gorilla to give birth in captivity at 35.

      It's good to see her having such a fulfilled life at last. She even looks as if she may have lost some weight!! :)
    • Pertinax
      Without searching endless lists, its difficult to anwer your first part, but several Howletts females have given birth into their forties and I think at some other places too. So 35 isn't too exceptional, although she had that unusually long period of non-breeding between her London and Bristol births.

      I heartily agree with your second comment though. Compare her fortunes with those of the similar-aged 'Zaire' at London.:( I think rearing a couple of youngsters has helped 'drain off' Salome's weight a bit, though she was always quite rotund, even before she was fully grown.
    • gentle lemur
      I don't think she has lost any weight; she still has a very matronly figure (it took me a little thought to find the right word :)) and a liking for a quiet life.

      Alan
    • Pertinax
      I think even the Zoo said she has lost some weight in recent years(presumably they can weigh her?) though obviously her basic shape will never change. Even aged 6 at London Zoo she was 'plump'. I have a photo I took of her at Chessington- she was gross then, almost football shaped. At least she isn't like that anymore.
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