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Matadi

He's just turned 5 and he's very boisterous. New Gorilla House, Twycross. 27th March 2008. He has a special place in my affections, because I have seen his parents and grandparents, Ozala + Sekondi (Twycross), Biddy + Mamfe (Twycross), Yinka + Sam Sam (Edinborough), his grandfather's parents, N'pongo + Jambo (Jersey) and his great-grandfather's parents, Achilla + Stefi (Basle). I have photographed most of them, too.

Matadi
gentle lemur, 31 Mar 2008
    • gentle lemur
      He's just turned 5 and he's very boisterous. New Gorilla House, Twycross. 27th March 2008.
      He has a special place in my affections, because I have seen his parents and grandparents, Ozala + Sekondi (Twycross), Biddy + Mamfe (Twycross), Yinka + Sam Sam (Edinborough), his grandfather's parents, N'pongo + Jambo (Jersey) and his great-grandfather's parents, Achilla + Stefi (Basle). I have photographed most of them, too.
    • Pertinax
      Update; He's just turned 7 now and it sounds as if he has settled into life in the Paignton male group very well. But I'm sure/hope he will be allocated to a breeding group in the years to come as on his father 'Sekondi's side, he is his only offspring(of a deceased male) and the only grandchild of wildcaught SamSam & Yinka. So genetically valuable on one side of his parentage.
    • gentle lemur
      At the moment Biddy's only other descendents are Mambi and Ozala (Matadi's mother), so she is not over-represented either: although we can certainly hope that they will both have young in the future.

      Alan
    • Pertinax
      I saw Matadi at Paignton the other day- he looks well integrated with the other young males there. He can be identified from the others as he is darker/blacker coloured and rather hairier too.

      The inside Showdens in Paignton's Ape House are badly designed from a viewing point of view- big windows let in light behind the animals so they are constantly in silhouette and so difficult to see properly, the light should really come from behind the public area. I can't think of any other Ape House (in Europe anyway) that has this design.
    • Gigit
      His behaviour is slightly different too. He's a 'real' gorilla while his three companions are essentially daft little boys! He has fitted in really well though.
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