Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lowland gorillas and an orangutan

For your pleasure (and mine), a post about great apes. On the cover of the Washington Post this morning was the news that the gorilla at the National Zoo, Mandara, gave birth yesterday in full view of visitors and a zoo volunteer (link on photo at top). The baby gorilla pictured is named Ubwuzu and he came into my family this Christmas: thanks to my sister and family, my Dad and Sarah became adoptive parents! "Hope he grows up to be a kindly silverback," says Dad. Lastly, reported in the weird news is an orangutan named Bonnie, who has picked up whistling!


  1. Hi Chris,

    My name's Kevin -- I happened onto your blog when I was searching for the meaning of the name "Ubwuzu". In December I made a donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to adopt an infant mountain gorilla -- and I learned that it was Ubwuzu. I guess we are both adoptive parents to the little guy. Isn't he great?

    As soon as I find out what the name means I'll let you know.



    p.s. this is a great site you've got here.

  2. I've also adopted Ubwuzu, from Spain

  3. Ubwuzu was also adopted for me on Christmas.. I guess that kinda makes us all related.. And last year I got a Silverback for Christmas.. Gicurasi.. And in 2013 I'm taking my daughter and we are going to Karisoke to see the gorillas..

  4. It's now 2015 and I too adopted UBWUZU back in 2009 through Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. I googled today to see about an update.


You may add your comments here.